isthmian [is-mee-uh n] ExamplesWord Origin adjective

  1. of or relating to an isthmus.
  2. (initial capital letter) of or relating to the Isthmus of Corinth or the Isthmus of Panama.


  1. a native or inhabitant of an isthmus.

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 Examples from the Web for isthmian 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.

    An Egyptian Princess, Complete

    Georg Ebers

  • 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.

    Theocritus, Bion and Moschus


  • Slight differences only are observable in the Isthmian physique.

    The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft, Volume 1

    Hubert Howe Bancroft

  • British Dictionary definitions for isthmian isthmian adjective

    1. relating to or situated in an isthmus

    Isthmian adjective

    1. relating to or situated in the Isthmus of Corinth or the Isthmus of Panama

    Word Origin and History for isthmian adj.

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

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