from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • A group of islands off the northwest coast of Europe comprising Great Britain, Ireland, and adjacent smaller islands.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • proper noun A group of islands off the northwest coast of mainland Europe, comprising Great Britain, Ireland, the Isle of Wight, the Isles of Scilly, the Isle of Man, the Outer Hebrides, the Inner Hebrides, the Orkney Islands, the Shetland Islands and many other smaller islands. Use may include the Channel Islands, although these are physically closer to mainland Europe.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun Great Britain and Ireland and adjacent islands in the north Atlantic


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