from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • An island country in the North Atlantic near the Arctic Circle. Norse settlers arrived c. 850-875, and Christianity was introduced c. 1000. Iceland passed to Norway in 1262 and, with Norway, to Denmark in 1380. In 1918 it became a sovereign state still nominally under the Danish king, until Icelanders voted for full independence in 1944. Reykjavík is the capital and the largest city. Population: 302,000.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A country in Europe. Official name: Republic of Iceland.
  • proper n. An island in the North Atlantic Ocean.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An Iceland dog.

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

  • n. a volcanic island in the North Atlantic near the Arctic Circle
  • n. an island republic on the island of Iceland; became independent of Denmark in 1944


From ice +‎ land, a calque of Icelandic Ísland. (Wiktionary)



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