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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɪnsjələ/
Audio (Southern England) (file)
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈɪnsəlɚ/, /ˈɪnsjəlɚ/
- Hyphenation: in‧su‧lar
- Of, pertaining to, being, or resembling an island or islands.
- 1836 October, Washington Irving, chapter VI, in Astoria, or Anecdotes of an Enterprise beyond the Rocky Mountains. […], volume I, Philadelphia, Pa.: [Henry Charles] Carey, [Isaac] Lea, & Blanchard, →OCLC, page 67:
- At the time of the arrival of the Tonquin he had about forty schooners, of from twenty to thirty tons burthen, and one old American ship. 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.
- Situated on an island.
- Separate or isolated from the surroundings; having little interaction with external parties; provincial.
- 1903 July, Jack London, “Into the Primitive”, in The Call of the Wild, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company; London: Macmillan & Co., →OCLC, pages 18–19:
- During the four years since his puppyhood he had lived the life of a sated aristocrat; he had a fine pride in himself, was even a trifle egotistical, as country gentlemen sometimes become because of their insular situation.
- Having an inward-looking, standoffish, or withdrawn manner.
- (anatomy) Relating to the insula in the brain.
- (biochemistry) Relating to insulin.
- (linguistics, anthropology) (often with a capital letter) Relating to the varieties of a language or languages spoken chiefly on islands. Insular Latin, Latin as it was spoken in Britain and Ireland. Insular Celtic, the Celtic languages of Britain, Ireland and also Brittany, as opposed to those spoken in mainland Europe other than Brittany. Insular Scandinavian, relating to the Icelandic and Faroese languages as opposed to the ones spoken in Sweden, Denmark and Norway.
of, pertaining to, or resembling an island or islands
situated on an island
separate or isolated from the surroundings
having an inward-looking manner
insular (plural insulars)
- An islander.
- 1744, George Berkeley, Siris, a chain of philosophical reflections and inquiries, concerning the virtues of tar-water:
- these insulars in general live in a gross saline air , and their vessels being less elastic are consequently less able to subdue and cast off what their bodies as sponges draw in
- “insular”, in OneLook Dictionary Search.
insular m or f (masculine and feminine plural insulars)
insular m or f (plural insulares)
Conjugation of insular (See Appendix:Portuguese verbs)
Declension of insular
insular m or f (masculine and feminine plural insulares)
- of, pertaining to, being, or resembling an island or islands
insular m or f by sense (plural insulares)
- (Philippines, obsolete, historical) Philippine-born person of pure or majority Spanish descent