head·​land | \ ˈhed-lənd How to pronounce headland (audio) , -ˌland \

Definition of headland

1 : unplowed land at the ends of furrows or near a fence
2 : a point of usually high land jutting out into a body of water : promontory

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Examples of headland in a Sentence

the lighthouse, situated on a narrow, rocky headland, commands an expansive view of the coast navigation is notoriously difficult at the southernmost tip of South America, where ships must round the headland of Cape Horn
Recent Examples on the Web The coast will see gusts near 50 mph, with gusts to 65 mph on the beaches and headlands. oregonlive, "Weather service says heavy rains, possible flooding expected over the next few days," 20 Dec. 2019 Heceta Head headland and historic lighthouse 1,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean on the central Oregon coast appear in their colorful glory on aluminum ($9.99, 2.375 inches by 3 inches) at Cafe Press. oregonlive, "20 Oregon-inspired ornaments: Bigfoot, bridges and other branch-worthy baubles," 2 Dec. 2019 Seaside cliffs and vibrant green headlands create the perfect backdrop for sampling Montenegro's hiking trails. Erin E. Williams, chicagotribune.com, "Dubrovnik’s Dothraki-like hordes make Montenegro’s Bay of Kotor appealing," 11 Oct. 2019 Seaside cliffs and vibrant green headlands create the perfect backdrop for sampling Montenegro’s hiking trails. Washington Post, "Dubrovnik’s Dothraki-like hordes make Montenegro’s Bay of Kotor appealing," 9 Oct. 2019 The sprawling compound called Porto Heli CF sleeps up to 18 and is located on a private headland with its own harbor, beach, marina, and waterfront pavilion for shade. Wendy Perrin, Town & Country, "18 Jaw-Dropping Private Villas You Can Rent Around the World," 17 Oct. 2019 Angelica Ocay via harddrive Hiking down Ingólfshöfdi headland. National Geographic, "Iceland Hiking Adventure," 12 June 2019 Hale will share his experience and his perspective of the southernmost headland of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago of southern Chile, which is located on the small Hornos Island. La Cañada Valley Sun, "La Cañada area events," 3 Sep. 2019 For family fun: Hilton Bodrum Türkbükü Resort & Spa Neslted on the headland above the town of Türkbükü, the Hilton Bodrum features a host of indoor and outdoor pools, kids club, children’s menus, and wakeboarding and water-skiing for teens. Chris Leadbeater, National Geographic, "Discover Turkey’s under-the-radar seaside paradise," 14 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of headland

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of headland was before the 12th century

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“Headland.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headland. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of headland

: a narrow area of land that sticks out into the sea


head·​land | \ ˈhed-lənd How to pronounce headland (audio) \

Kids Definition of headland

: a point of high land sticking out into the sea

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