noun \ˈhed-lənd, -ˌland\

: a narrow area of land that sticks out into the sea

Full Definition of HEADLAND

:  unplowed land at the ends of furrows or near a fence
:  a point of usually high land jutting out into a body of water :  promontory

Examples of HEADLAND

  1. <the lighthouse, situated on a narrow, rocky headland, commands an expansive view of the coast>
  2. <navigation is notoriously difficult at the southernmost tip of South America, where ships must round the headland of Cape Horn>

First Known Use of HEADLAND

before 12th century

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