insular

adjective in·su·lar \ ˈin(t)-su̇-lər , -syu̇- , ˈin-shə-lər \

Definition of insular

1 a :of, relating to, or constituting an island
b :dwelling or situated on an island
  • insular residents
2 :characteristic of an isolated people; especially :being, having, or reflecting a narrow provincial viewpoint
3 :of or relating to an island of cells or tissue

insularism

play \ˈin(t)-su̇-lə-ˌri-zəm, -syu̇-, ˈin-shə-lə-\ noun

insularity

play \ˌin(t)-su̇-ˈler-ə-tē, -ˈla-rə- -syu̇-, ˌin-shə-ˈler-ə-, -ˈla-rə-\ noun

insularly

play \ˈin(t)-su̇-lər-lē, -syu̇-, ˈin-shə-\ adverb

Examples of insular in a Sentence

  1. the insular world of boarding schools

  2. an insular community that is not receptive of new ideas, especially from outsiders

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Origin and Etymology of insular

Late Latin insularis, from Latin insula island


INSULAR Defined for English Language Learners

insular

adjective

Definition of insular for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

insular

adjective in·su·lar \ -lər \

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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