[ in-suh-ler, ins-yuh- ]
/ ˈɪn sə lər, ˈɪns yə- /



an inhabitant of an island; islander.

Nearby words

  1. insufflate,
  2. insufflation,
  3. insufflation anesthesia,
  4. insula,
  5. insulant,
  6. insular celtic,
  7. insularity,
  8. insularize,
  9. insularly,
  10. insulate

Origin of insular

From the Late Latin word insulāris, dating back to 1605–15. See insula, -ar1

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British Dictionary definitions for insularism


/ (ˈɪnsjʊlə) /


of, relating to, or resembling an island
remote, detached, or aloof
illiberal or narrow-minded
isolated or separated
Derived Formsinsularism or insularity (ˌɪnsjʊˈlærɪtɪ), nouninsularly, adverb

Word Origin for insular

C17: from Late Latin insulāris, from Latin insula island, isle

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Word Origin and History for insularism



1610s, "of or pertaining to an island," from Late Latin insularis, from Latin insula "island" (see isle). Metaphoric sense "narrow, prejudiced" is 1775, from notion of being cut off from intercourse with other nations, especially with reference to the situation of Great Britain. Earlier adjective in the literal sense was insulan (mid-15c.), from Latin insulanus.

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Medicine definitions for insularism


[ ĭnsə-lər, ĭnsyə- ]


Of or being an isolated tissue or island of tissue.

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