adjective \ˈin(t)-s-lər, -sy-, ˈin-shə-lər\

: separated from other people or cultures : not knowing or interested in new or different ideas

Full Definition of INSULAR

a :  of, relating to, or constituting an island
b :  dwelling or situated on an island <insular residents>
:  characteristic of an isolated people; especially :  being, having, or reflecting a narrow provincial viewpoint
:  of or relating to an island of cells or tissue
in·su·lar·ism \-lə-ˌri-zəm\ noun
in·su·lar·i·ty \ˌin(t)-s-ˈla-rə-tē, -sy-, ˌin-shə-ˈla-\ noun
in·su·lar·ly \ˈin(t)-s-lər-lē, -sy-, ˈin-shə-\ adverb

Examples of INSULAR

  1. the insular world of boarding schools
  2. <an insular community that is not receptive of new ideas, especially from outsiders>

Origin of INSULAR

Late Latin insularis, from Latin insula island
First Known Use: 1611

Other Geology Terms

anthracite, boulder, cwm, erratic, igneous, intrusive, mesa, sedimentary, silt, swale


adjective \-lər\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of INSULAR

: of or relating to an island of cells or tissue (as the islets of Langerhans or the insula)


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