What does archipelago mean?

Definitions for archipelagoˌɑr kəˈpɛl əˌgoʊ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word archipelago.

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

  3. Origin: [It. arcipelago, properly, chief sea; Gr. pref + sea, perh. akin to blow, and expressing the beating of the waves. See Plague.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Archipelago

    ärk-i-pel′a-gō, n. the chief sea of the Greeks, or the Ægean Sea: a sea abounding in small islands, also a group of such islands:—pl. Archipel′agoes.—adj. Archipelagic (-aj′ik). [An Italian compound from Gr. archi-, chief, pelagos, sea.]

Suggested Resources

  1. archipelago

    Song lyrics by archipelago -- Explore a large variety of song lyrics performed by archipelago on the Lyrics.com website.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of archipelago in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of archipelago in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. William Tanuwijaya:

    I say today that Tokopedia is the komodo in the 17,000-island archipelago.

Images & Illustrations of archipelago

  1. archipelagoarchipelagoarchipelago

Translations for archipelago

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for archipelago »


Find a translation for the archipelago definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these archipelago definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"archipelago." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2018. Web. 20 Feb. 2018. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/archipelago>.

Are we missing a good definition for archipelago? Don't keep it to yourself...

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for archipelago:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.