badland

noun

bad·​land ˈbad-ˌland How to pronounce badland (audio)
: a region marked by intricate erosional sculpturing, scanty vegetation, and fantastically formed hills
usually used in plural

Examples of badland in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the summer of 2022, two boys hiking with their father and a 7-year-old cousin in the North Dakota badlands came across some large bones poking out of a rock. Livia Albeck-Ripka, New York Times, 4 June 2024 Some of the most dramatic fossil discoveries in the U.S. have been made in the badlands of Montana. Laura Helmuth, Scientific American, 1 Feb. 2024 The film follows Santosh (Shahana Goswami), a recent widow who, under a government scheme, inherits her husband’s job as a police constable in the rural badlands of Northern India. Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 20 May 2024 The history of horses in the rugged badlands landscape dates back to their connection to Native American tribes and then settlers in the Dakotas, the Daily Montanan reported. Brooke Baitinger, Idaho Statesman, 1 May 2024 Now comes another reason to venture into the industrial badlands of West Oakland: Brix Factory Brewing, an innovative brewery run by veterans of San Leandro’s craft-beer fixture Drake’s Brewing. John Metcalfe, The Mercury News, 29 Feb. 2024 The badlands of Anza-Borrego are a tangle of paths less traveled leading to secrets unanswered and always leaving you with a desire to discover more. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Jan. 2024 The badlands hug the river around us, creating a corridor of rock with nothing but sky overhead. Kristina A. Curry Rogers, Scientific American, 21 Sep. 2020 Hunt Broken Country The best winter range is often rumpled badlands adjacent to hay and grainfields. Outdoor Life, 19 Nov. 2019

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'badland.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1850, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of badland was in 1850

Dictionary Entries Near badland

Cite this Entry

“Badland.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/badland. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

badland

noun
bad·​land ˈbad-ˌland How to pronounce badland (audio)
: a region where natural forces have worn away the soft rocks into sharp and complicated shapes and where plant life is scarce
usually used in plural

More from Merriam-Webster on badland

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!