Definition of insular
1a : of, relating to, or constituting an islandb : 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
insularismplay \ˈin(t)-su̇-lə-ˌri-zəm, -syu̇-, ˈin-shə-lə-\ noun
insularityplay \ˌin(t)-su̇-ˈler-ə-tē, -ˈla-rə- -syu̇-, ˌin-shə-ˈler-ə-, -ˈla-rə-\ noun
insularlyplay \ˈin(t)-su̇-lər-lē, -syu̇-, ˈin-shə-\ adverb
Examples of insular in a Sentence
the insular world of boarding schools
an insular community that is not receptive of new ideas, especially from outsiders
Recent Examples of insular from the Web
In the past week alone, Macron has publicly squared off against not one but two major world leaders: Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, both of whom embrace the kind of insular nationalism Macron handily defeated in the French election.
As with practically everything in New York, especially the insular world of Broadway, connections mean everything.
But much like Gage’s neuroscience outreach plan, Pettis wants to reach beyond the insular maker community, and begin inspiring kids.
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Origin and Etymology of insular
Late Latin insularis, from Latin insula island
First Known Use: 1611See Words from the same year
INSULAR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of insular for English Language Learners
: separated from other people or cultures : not knowing or interested in new or different ideas
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