insular

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin insularis (of or belonging to an island), from insula (an island), perhaps, from in (in) + salum (the main sea).

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AdjectiveEdit

insular (comparative more insular, superlative most insular)

  1. Of, pertaining to, being, or resembling an island or islands.
    • 1836, Washington Irving, Astoria, ch. 6:
      With these he held undisputed sway over his insular domains, and carried on intercourse with the chiefs or governors whom he had placed in command of the several islands.
  2. Situated on an island.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, ch. 1:
      There now is your insular city of the Manhattoes, belted round by wharves as Indian isles by coral reefs.
  3. Separate or isolated from the surroundings; having little interaction with external parties; provincial.
    • 1903, Jack London, Call of the Wild, ch. 1:
      [H]e had a fine pride in himself, was even a trifle egotistical, as country gentlemen sometimes become because of their insular situation.
  4. Having an inward-looking, standoffish, or withdrawn manner.
    • 1905, E. M. Forster, Where Angels Fear to Tread, ch. 6:
      Harriet was fretful and insular. Miss Abbott was pleasant, and insisted on praising everything.
  5. (anatomy) Relating to the insula in the brain
  6. (biochemistry) Relating to insulin

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NounEdit

insular (plural insulars)

  1. An islander.
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CatalanEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin īnsulāris.

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insular (masculine and feminine plural insulars)

  1. insular

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RomanianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From French insulaire, from Latin insularis.

AdjectiveEdit

insular m or n (feminine singular insulară, masculine plural insulari, feminine and neuter plural insulare)

  1. insular

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SpanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin insularis.

AdjectiveEdit

insular (plural insulares)

  1. insular

NounEdit

insular m or f (plural insulares)

  1. islander

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