Aisle or Isle?

Both words sound identical when spoken (īl). We talked about aisle in the seat assignment article, but you need to know when someone's saying aisle or isle.

Aisle

Usually defined as a passage between rows of seats in a building, such as a church, theater, auditorium, an aircraft, or train.

  • Would you like an aisle seat or would you prefer a window seat?
  • During Christmas, supermarket aisles are extremely crowded.

Isle

This means an island or peninsula, especially a small one.

  • For the next vacations, I'll be in a beautiful tropical isle.
  • A couple of years ago this isle was not a huge tourist attraction.