island etymology

English word island comes from Proto-Germanic *awjō (A floodplain; meadow. Island.), Proto-Germanic *landą (Land, area of ground.)

Detailed word origin of island

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*awjō Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) A floodplain; meadow. Island.
*landą Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Land, area of ground.
ieg Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) Island.
*awjōlandą Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Island.
igland Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) Island.
ealand Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
ēaland Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
ylond Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
iland English (eng)
island English (eng) (transitive) To isolate.. (transitive) To set, dot (as if) with islands.. (transitive) To surround with water; make into an island. (government) An unincorporated area wholly surrounded by one or more incorporated areas.. (grammar) A phrase from which a wh-word cannot be extracted without yielding invalid grammar.. A contiguous area of land, smaller than a continent, totally surrounded by [...]

Words with the same origin as island

Descendants of *awjō
and ay aye baht but d'ye ey for nay nor oi or ya yay ye ye'll yea yeah yet yo
Descendants of *landą
fatherland homeland inland land landed landing landlady landlord landmark landscape landslide mainland motherland portland wasteland wonderland