flat·​land ˈflat-ˌland How to pronounce flatland (audio)
: a region in which the land is predominantly flat
usually used in plural
: land that lacks significant variation in elevation
flatlander noun

Examples of flatland in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Women in motorcycle groups travel far and wide to find fellowship and adventure outside Chicagoland’s flatlands Motorcycles aren’t just for tough guys — groups such as Chrome Divas, Motor Maids, Stilettos on Steel and Women on Wheels embrace fellowship for women motorcyclists. Lauryn Azu, Chicago Tribune, 7 Sep. 2023 The phenomenon can be seen from the window of any airplane flying over America’s flatlands. Mira Rojanasakul, New York Times, 3 Sep. 2023 Today, East Elliott is mostly barren hillsides and flatlands located south of Scripps Ranch, west of Santee and just north of state Route 52 and the bulk of Mission Trails Regional Park. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Aug. 2023 Some of the country’s largest wind and solar farms are in the Texas flatlands outside the city, and a huge wind farm has been proposed off the coast of Galveston. New York Times, 17 Aug. 2023 Juab School District, which stretches west from the foothills of the Wasatch Front and the towns of Mona, Nephi and Levan into sagebrush flatlands, prioritized the well-being and safety of its students. Carmen Nesbitt, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 July 2023 Frequent catastrophic floods prompted civic leaders in the 1930s to transform the L.A. River into a complex flood-control channel and levee system to protect the burgeoning flatlands. Louis Sahagún, Los Angeles Times, 18 Mar. 2023 Set apart by three mountain ranges and a great delta to the north, the 250-mile-long flatland exists in a state of geographic and psychic exile. Mark Arax, New York Times, 1 June 2023 Advertisement Growing up in DeKalb, Josie Shattuck was surrounded by the unending flatlands of corn country. Linze Rice, Chicago Tribune, 10 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1735, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of flatland was in 1735

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“Flatland.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flatland. Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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