flat·​land | \ˈflat-ˌland \

Definition of flatland 

1 : a region in which the land is predominantly flat usually used in plural

2 : land that lacks significant variation in elevation

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flatlander \ˈflat-​ˌlan-​dər \ noun

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Farmers chose flatland with fertile soil in temperate climates. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "When Farmers and Foragers First Met," 24 Oct. 2018 Last week, at a tiny airport in the dusty flatlands east of San Francisco, a red-and-white helicopter lifted gently into the air, hovering a few feet over the tarmac. Cade Metz, The Seattle Times, "Silicon Valley takes a (careful) step toward autonomous flying," 28 Aug. 2018 The compound features flatlands, a fenced pasure, a vegetable garden, an ancient palm grove, and terrace, irrigated land that could be used for an orchard or vineyard. Colleen Egan, ELLE Decor, "Daryl Hannah Relists Her Malibu Hippie Haven," 18 Sep. 2014 Twenty years ago, the few commercial wineries in the area were planting cabernet sauvignon and merlot on the flatlands in an effort to appeal to international markets. New York Times, "Reviving Ancient Spanish Vineyards, Building New Traditions," 24 May 2018 Two new park rangers to monitor and enforce park rules at flatland parks. Jessica Boehm, azcentral, "Phoenix City Council to vote on $4.4B budget that includes more funding for public safety," 21 May 2018 By Deanna Isaacs Leave the flatlands behind with a trip to Savanna and Galena, along the bluffs of the mighty Mississippi. Reader Staff, Chicago Reader, "The Road Trips Issue 2018," 30 May 2018 The loss of relatively well-paying factory jobs caused economic dislocation that still affects much of the neighborhood in the flatlands. Scott Garner, latimes.com, "Neighborhood Spotlight: Sun Valley again finds itself navigating bumps in the road," 29 June 2018 Sunflowers choke the fields of the country’s flatlands. Fluto Shinzawa, BostonGlobe.com, "The soundtrack of the Tour de France," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of flatland

1735, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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