from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or constituting an island.
- adj. Living or located on an island.
- adj. Suggestive of the isolated life of an island: "He is an exceedingly insular man, so deeply private as to seem inaccessible to the scrutiny of a novelist” ( Leonard Michaels).
- adj. Circumscribed and detached in outlook and experience; narrow or provincial.
- adj. Anatomy Of or relating to isolated tissue or an island of tissue.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of, pertaining to, being, or resembling an island or islands.
- adj. Situated on an island.
- adj. Separate or isolated from the surroundings; having little interaction with external parties; provincial.
- adj. Having an inward-looking, standoffish, or withdrawn manner.
- n. An islander.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to an island; of the nature, or possessing the characteristics, of an island
- adj. Of or pertaining to the people of an island; narrow; circumscribed; illiberal; contracted.
- n. An islander.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to an island; surrounded by water: opposed to continental.
- Hemmed in like an island; standing alone; surrounded by what is different or incongruous: as, an insular eminence in a plain.
- Of or pertaining to the inhabitants of an island; characteristic of insulated or isolated persons; hence, narrow; contracted: as, insular prejudices.
- In entomology, situated alone: applied to galls which occur singly on a leaf.
- In anatomy, of or pertaining to the insula of the brain, or island of Reil.
- n. One who dwells in an island; an islander.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. narrowly restricted in outlook or scope
- adj. relating to or characteristic of or situated on an island
- adj. suggestive of the isolated life of an island
French insulaire, from Late Latin īnsulāris, from Latin īnsula, island.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin insularis ("of or belonging to an island"), from insula ("an island"), perhaps, from in ("in") + salum ("the main sea"). (Wiktionary)