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[is-mee-uh n]
  1. of or relating to an isthmus.
  2. (initial capital letter) of or relating to the Isthmus of Corinth or the Isthmus of Panama.
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  1. a native or inhabitant of an isthmus.
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Origin of isthmian

1595–1605; < Latin isthmi(us) (< Greek ísthmios of a neck of land, equivalent to isthm(ós) neck + -ios adj. suffix) + -an
Related formstrans·isth·mi·an, adjective
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Historical Examples of isthmian

  • The Isthmian games in honour of Neptune were also the invention of Theseus.

    Athens: Its Rise and Fall, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • Milo the invincible, victor at Pisa, and in the Pythian and Isthmian combats.

  • He boarded this, and gave the captain a letter for the authorities of the isthmian port.

    Sea-Dogs All!

    Tom Bevan

  • In the Isthmiazusae two ladies described the spectacle of the Isthmian games.

  • Slight differences only are observable in the Isthmian physique.

British Dictionary definitions for isthmian


  1. relating to or situated in an isthmus
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  1. relating to or situated in the Isthmus of Corinth or the Isthmus of Panama
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Word Origin and History for isthmian


c.1600, from Latin isthmius, from Greek isthmios, from isthmos (see isthmus).

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