- 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.
- (italics) Latin. the highest degree attainable.
- the farthest point; the limit of any journey.
- the point believed by the ancients to be farthest north.
- 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
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.”