Thule

noun
Thu·​le | \ ˈthü-lē How to pronounce Thule (audio) , ˈthyü- \

Definition of Thule

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the northernmost part of the habitable ancient world

Thule

adjective
Thu·​le | \ ˈtü-lē How to pronounce Thule (audio) \

Definition of Thule (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, or being the culture existing in the arctic lands from Alaska to Greenland from about a.d. 500 to a.d. 1400

First Known Use of Thule

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1925, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Thule

Noun

Middle English Tyle, from Old English, from Latin Thule, Thyle, from Greek Thoulē, Thylē

Adjective

Thule, Greenland

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“Thule.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Thule. Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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