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

  • n. Chiefly British A small island.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An island in a river, especially the River Thames in England.
  • n. An oat.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An islet, or little isle, in a river or lake; an eyot.
  • n. Oat.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small island in a river or lake.


Middle English eit, from Old English īgeth, diminutive of īg, īeg, island; see island.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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  • JM hates aches on an ait - but you do get over it quickly!

    October 4, 2009

  • ait a small island especially in a river with barely a enough room to stand hence a(i)t??? Where it is at! A Heraclitian spot. A moreoxy (oxymoron)!?! Never the same place twice!

    December 27, 2006