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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Cornelius observed that freckles on her left cheek mapped out the Tuamotu archipelago of south-west Polynesia.
▪ Dili was the malai island of romance, the most beautiful spot in the archipelago.
▪ For the rest, the archipelago could and did live off its own resources.
▪ Her scissors move through the material like a swimmer doing crawl, among the archipelago of tissue paper.
▪ Sulawesi breaks many of the rules of animal distribution in the archipelago.
▪ The view however, is spectacular, taking in most of the fifteen islands of the Westmann archipelago.
▪ They even partitioned the archipelago into three quite separate military commands.
▪ They were not dropped into the oblivion of the Gulag archipelago or the Lubianka.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Archipelago \Ar`chi*pel"a*go\, n.; pl. -goes or -gos. [It. arcipelago, properly, chief sea; Gr. pref ? + ? sea, perh. akin to ? blow, and expressing the beating of the waves. See Plague.]

  1. The Grecian Archipelago, or [AE]gean Sea, separating Greece from Asia Minor. It is studded with a vast number of small islands.

  2. Hence: Any sea or broad sheet of water interspersed with many islands or with a group of islands. [1913 Webster] ||

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1500, from Italian arcipelago "the Aegean Sea" (13c.), from Greek arkhipelagos, from arkhi- "chief" (see archon) + pelagos "sea" (see pelagic). The Aegean Sea being full of island chains, the meaning was extended in Italian to "any sea studded with islands." Klein, noting the absence of arkhipelagos in ancient or Medieval Greek (the modern word in Greek is borrowed from Italian) believe it is an Italian mistake for Aigaion pelagos "Aegean Sea" (Medieval Latin Egeopelagus), or influenced by that name.


n. 1 A group of islands. 2 Something scattered around like an archipelago.

  1. n. a group of many islands in a large body of water

  2. [also: archipelagoes (pl)]


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- ("chief") and πέλαγος – pélagos ("sea") through the Italian arcipelago. In Italian, possibly following a tradition of antiquity, the Archipelago (from medieval Greek *ἀρχιπέλαγος and Latin archipelagus) was the proper name for the Aegean Sea and, later, usage shifted to refer to the Aegean Islands (since the sea is remarkable for its large number of islands). It is now used to refer to any island group or, sometimes, to a sea containing a small number of scattered islands.

Archipelago (disambiguation)

An archipelago is a landform which consists of a chain or cluster of islands.

It may also refer to:

In geography:

  • The Archipelago, Ontario, a township in Canada on Georgian Bay
  • Duchy of the Archipelago, a maritime state created in the Aegean Sea (the Cyclades) in the aftermath of the Fourth Crusade

In music:

  • Archipelago (album), a live album by the American group, Land
  • The Golden Archipelago, a 2010 album by Shearwater
  • Archipelago, an indie folk/rock band from Brooklyn, NY

In film

  • Archipelago (film), a 2010 British film by Joanna Hogg

In literature

  • Der Archipelagus ("The Archipelago") is a hymn written by Friedrich Hölderlin
  • The Gulag Archipelago, a novel about the Soviet slave labor and concentration camp system by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • Archipelago Books, a book publisher

In other fields:

  • NYSE Arca, an abbreviation of Archipelago Exchange, an online stock exchange owned by the NYSE Group
  • Bismarck Archipelago Campaign, a military campaign from 15 December 1943 to 27 November 1944
  • Archipelago Philippine Ferries Corporation, a ferry company.
  • Archipelago Tomorrow, a local right-wing French political movement
  • Archipelagos (video game), a 1989 video game for the Atari ST, Amiga and PC
Archipelago (Finland)
Archipelago (film)

Archipelago is a 2010 British film written and directed by Joanna Hogg about a family holiday on the island of Tresco, which forms part of the archipelago of the Isles of Scilly.

Archipelago (Åland)

'''Archipelago ''' is a subdivision of Åland and one of the Sub-regions of Finland since 2009.

Category:Sub-regions of Finland Category:Geography of the Åland Islands

Archipelago (album)

Archipelago is the second album by the American group Land, who blend jazz, rock, and world music. A May, 1996 concert broadcast formed the basis for most of the album, Archipelago. "Deep", the final track for Archipelago, was recorded in February 1997, with finishing touches completed in July. The album was released on the Periplum label later that year.

Peter Monaghan, writing for Earshot Jazz magazine, describes Archipelago, in part: "LAND, on its second album, continues to construct transporting, otherworldly terrains of rich melody, washes of acoustic and electric sound, and pulsing and jangling rhythm. Add to that fine improv by all band members..."

Usage examples of "archipelago".

The really surprising fact in this case of the Galapagos Archipelago, and in a lesser degree in some analogous instances, is that the new species formed in the separate islands have not quickly spread to the other islands.

Academician Longway has been on several expeditions to the Archipelago, and he knows as much about primitives and ancient civilizations as any man on this planet.

Soders, where white snowfields faded up into foggy hills, Ged took the boat southward again, and now they entered waters where the great traders of the Archipelago never come, the outmost fringes of the Reach.

That probably means nothing to you, but it is another nation like Kalinda that sits beneath the Overdark and happens to be in a direct link between Chalidang in the west and an isolated volcanic archipelago in the middle of the ocean called Ochoa.

In the course of this summer the Venetians, who were also at war with the Turks, reduced Cyclut, a place of importance on the river Naranta, and made a conquest of the island of Scio in the Archipelago.

Withal, its influence has tended to narrow the discussion to the consideration of a single provincial and sectarian tradition, as if the usage of a part of the Christians of the southern end of one of the islands of the British archipelago had a sort of binding authority over the whole western continent.

High on the list is the southernmost chain of islands known as the Keys, where I live, and where only one road runs the length of the archipelago.

This is a remarkable passage from the Palatine manuscript, and is, I suppose, the earliest mention of the Sumpit or blow-pipe of the aborigines of the Archipelago.

He had gone west of north, the ship, swallowing up red amber and black pearls, jade, cloth, pelts, purple dye, and antique bronzes from the archipelagoes of Seema and Tinsen, before he turned for home.

By the ninth day one comes to the Wilderness, for this is what all men call the area separating the archipelagoes of Seema and Tinsen from the fertile regions of the central south.

Hanyad was traded from one end of the Archipelago to the other before Toe Faile secured him for Sain.

Thaddeus George, had painted a triptych that, when laid side by side, portrayed the entire archipelago, immortalized in oils at a time when everyone had had high hopes for the future.

Venetian traveller, visited far Cathay, following somewhat the itinerary of his predecessor, reaching however nearer to Australia than Marco Polo ever did, for, whereas the latter described the Australasian regions only from hearsay, the Franciscan Monk Odoric actually visited Java and some of the islands of the eastern Archipelago.

This was afterwards, through the influence of the Brahminical priestly caste, suppressed in India, but spread over other parts of Asia, to the islands of the Indian Archipelago, and also to China.

But first, until the month is out, I must fulfill my promise and take the young men, the pick of the young men, surveying the Chonos Archipelago: and before that we must fill the ship with stores.