archipelago[är′kə pel′ə gō′]
- The definition of an archipelago is a group of islands.
An example of an archipelago is the Ksmii archipelago in Albania.
nounpl. ar·chi·pel·a·goes or ar·chi·pel·a·gos
- A large group of islands: the Philippine archipelago.
- A sea, such as the Aegean, containing a large number of scattered islands.
Origin of archipelagoItalian Arcipelago, the Aegean Sea, alteration (influenced by arci-, chief, archi-) of Medieval Latin Ēgēopelagus : Latin Aegaeus, Ēgēus, Aegean (from Greek Aigaios) + Latin pelagus, sea (from Greek pelagos; see plāk-1 in Indo-European roots).
(plural archipelagos or archipelagoes)
From Italian Arcipelago (“the Chief Sea, the Aegean Sea”), from Ancient Greek ἀρχι- (archi-, “leading”) + πέλαγος (pelagos, “sea”). The Aegean (the Arcipelago) is a sea with many islands; by extension, the term an Arcipelago at first referred to any sea with many islands, then to the islands themselves.