back·​land | \ ˈbak-ˌland How to pronounce backland (audio) \

Definition of backland

: backcountry, hinterland usually used in plural

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Examples of backland in a Sentence

they purposely vacationed in the backlands to get away from people
Recent Examples on the Web His protagonist, living in direst poverty in Brazil’s arid backlands, decides to migrate to the wealthier coast. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: One can be thankful for much even amid pessimism," 1 Dec. 2019 Born in the arid backlands of Brazil’s north-east, Mr Gilberto arrived in Rio de Janeiro in 1950 as a singer in one of the then-fashionable vocal ensembles. The Economist, "João Gilberto, the man who sang “The Girl from Ipanema”, has died," 11 July 2019 Tucked in the emerald backlands of Fayetteville, Georgia, inside a cavernous soundstage at Pinewood Studios, Mara Brock-Akil is in full field marshall mode. Jason Parham, WIRED, "How Oprah’s Network Finally Found Its Voice," 19 June 2018 Patrícia Santos da Silva, 24, and her family live in the city of Santana do Ipanema, in the western backlands of Alagoas. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "The forgotten mothers and babies of Zika," 1 Nov. 2017 Some escaped and formed clandestine communities in the backlands of the rainforest, independent villages known as quilombos. Smithsonian, "How Brazilian Capoeira Evolved From a Martial Art to an International Dance Craze," 21 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of backland

1683, in the meaning defined above

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“Backland.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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