noun \ˈwāst-ˌland also -lənd\

: land where nothing can grow or be built : land that is not usable

: an ugly and often ruined place or area

: something that is being compared to a large, empty area of land because it has no real value or interest

Full Definition of WASTELAND

:  barren or uncultivated land <a desert wasteland>
:  an ugly often devastated or barely inhabitable place or area
:  something (as a way of life) that is spiritually and emotionally arid and unsatisfying

Examples of WASTELAND

  1. The outskirts of the city became a grim industrial wasteland.
  2. That part of the country is a cultural wasteland.
  3. the vast wasteland of television

First Known Use of WASTELAND

14th century


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