Definition: Small Island
Pronunciation: EYT, really sounds like the number eight.
Old English igath, the diminutive form of ieg meaning island. When Middle English met Middle French, the French suffix –ot was added to this noun that came to represent a small island.
Why this word?
Although representing a small island, which are found in abundance all over the world, this word is more familiar referring to the little islands on the River Themes. This is not only so due to the Old English Etymology evident here, but also due to J.R.R Tolkien’s wide use of it.
You probably never hear the word outside of the UK, or referring to any of the Caribbean islands. And me, I love words that are so very specific with their context.
How to use the word eyot in a sentence?
Eyot, as we said, is a small island; although the word is known to refer to the River Themes islands, you can really use it regarding each and every island that is small.
“You have 5 minutes to swim to that eyot!”
“That night they camped on a small eyot close to the western bank” (Tolkien, Lord of The Rings)