Definitions for archipelagoˌɑr kəˈpɛl əˌgoʊ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ar•chi•pel•a•goˌɑr kəˈpɛl əˌgoʊ(n.)(pl.)-gos, -goes.

  1. a large group or chain of islands.

    Category: Geography (terms)

  2. a large body of water with many islands.

    Category: Geography (terms)

  3. the Archipelago, the Aegean Sea.

    Category: Geography (places)

Origin of archipelago:

1495–1505; alter. (archi - for arci-) of It arcipelago, alter. of Egeopelago the Aegean Sea < Gk Aigaîon pélagos

ar`chi•pe•lag′ic-pəˈlædʒ ɪk; -ˈleɪ dʒi ən, -dʒən(adj.)ar`chi•pe•la′gi•an

Princeton's WordNet

  1. archipelago(noun)

    a group of many islands in a large body of water


  1. archipelago(Noun)

    A group of islands.

  2. archipelago(Noun)

    Something scattered around like an archipelago.

    The Gulag Archipelago

  3. Origin: From arcipelago, from ἀρχι- + πέλαγος.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Archipelago(noun)

    the Grecian Archipelago, or Aegean Sea, separating Greece from Asia Minor. It is studded with a vast number of small islands

  2. Archipelago(noun)

    hence: Any sea or broad sheet of water interspersed with many islands or with a group of islands


  1. Archipelago

    An archipelago, sometimes called an island group or island chain, is a chain, cluster or collection of islands. The word archipelago is derived from the Greek ἄρχι- – arkhi- and πέλαγος – pélagos through the Italian arcipelago. In Italian, possibly following a tradition of antiquity, the Arcipelago was the proper name for the Aegean Sea and, later, usage shifted to refer to the Aegean Islands. It is now used to refer to any island group or, sometimes, to a sea containing a large number of scattered islands.

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a group of islands.

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