is·land (lnd) KEY
is·land·ed, is·land·ing, is·lands
Alteration (influenced by isle), of Middle English ilond from Old English egland : g, eg; see akw-- in Indo-European roots + land, land; see lendh- in Indo-European roots
It may seem hard to believe, but Latin aqua, "water," is related to island, which originally meant "watery land." Aqua comes almost unchanged from Indo-European *akw-, "water." *Akw- became *ahw- in Germanic by Grimm's Law and other sound changes. To this was built the adjective *ahwj-, "watery." This then evolved to *awwj- or *auwi-, which in pre-English became *aj-, and finally g or eg in Old English. Island, spelled iland, first appears in Old English in King Alfred's translation of Boethius about a.d. 888; the spellings igland and ealond appear in contemporary documents. The s in island is due to a mistaken etymology, confusing the etymologically correct English iland with French isle. Isle comes ultimately from Latin nsula "island," a component of paennsula, "almost-island," whence our peninsula.