- the ancient Greek and Latin name for an island or region variously identified as one of the Shetland Islands, Iceland, or Norway: supposed to be the most northerly region of the world.
- ultima Thule.
- a settlement in NW Greenland: site of U.S. air base.
- of or relating to an Eskimo culture flourishing from a.d. 500–1400, and extending throughout the Arctic from Greenland to Alaska.
Origin of Thule2
- (italics) Latin. the highest degree attainable.
- the farthest point; the limit of any journey.
- the point believed by the ancients to be farthest north.
Origin of ultima Thule
Examples from the Web for thule
Historical Examples of thule
But English will mean fame in ultima Thule; the isles of the sea, as the Bible says.Dreamers of the Ghetto
While the period of Thule is 8.8 years, the period of Medusa is 3·1 years.Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I
I am glad to get somebody decent to talk to, or at, in this outlandish ultima Thule.A Pair of Blue Eyes
And he was followed by his brother Aordus and two hundred youths of the Eruli in Thule.Procopius
But Thule was quite as happy as if the hut had been a palace.Fairy Book
- Also called: ultima Thule a region believed by ancient geographers to be the northernmost land in the inhabited world: sometimes thought to have been Iceland, Norway, or one of the Shetland Islands
- an Inuit settlement in NW Greenland: a Danish trading post, founded in 1910, and US air force base
- another name for Thule
- any distant or unknown region
- a remote goal or aim
Word Origin for ultima Thule
northernmost part of the world, Old English, from Latin, from Greek Thyle "land six days' sail north of Britain" (Polybius). Identity is speculative; it came to be used in a transferred sense of "extreme limits of travel."