small, government-owned island in Upper New York Bay: former (1892-1943) examination center for immigrants seeking to enter the U.S.: 27 acres (11 hectares)
Origin of Ellis Islandafter S. Ellis (1712-94), New York merchant who owned it in the late 1700s
An island of Upper New York Bay southwest of Manhattan. It was the main US immigration station from 1892 to 1943.
- A 27.5 acres island in the states of New Jersey and New York where millions of immigrants and others were processed.