(SANDY AREA) [noun] - (a large area of) land covered with sand or rocks, where there is very little rain and not many plantsThe Gobi, Kalahari and Sahara Deserts are all deserts, but they don't all have the same features. [C]It is often very hot in the desert. [U]They were lost in the desert for nine days. [U]We had to cross a large area of arid, featureless desert. [U]Not many plants are able to survive in the strong desert sun.(figurative) This town is a cultural/intellectual desert (= a place with little art, music, serious thinking, etc.). [C]Desert boots are boots made usually of suede (= a type of leather) which reach the ankle and are tied with laces.A desert island is an island, esp. in the tropics, where no people live.Robinson Crusoe was marooned on a desert island.If you were a castaway on a desert island, what books would you most like to have with you?
Meaning of DESERT in English
Cambridge English vocab. Кембриджский английский словарь. 2012