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

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for headland


ness, point, promontory

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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

Climb a black sand slope to the headland of Ingólfshöfdi, a private nature reserve where Iceland's first settlers landed. National Geographic, "Iceland Hiking Adventure," 12 June 2019 The repairs are being made on a section of the Ignacio-Alto-Sausalito 60kv transmission line, which serves the City of Sausalito and park lands in the headlands. Sarah Feldberg, SFChronicle.com, "Trails closing in Marin Headlands during PG&E infrastructure work," 7 June 2019 My room overlooked a small blue bay and, beyond that, the headlands near San Miguel. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Room With a View: The Best Hotel Views Around the World," 15 Oct. 2018 In the interior of the headlands, the Bobcat Trail through Gerbode Valley is also excellent. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Northern California hot spots for spring wildflowers," 12 Apr. 2018 No seastacks, mountains, hills or headlands stand out quite like The Thumb. OregonLive.com, "The Thumb is stunning coastal hike in Lincoln City," 28 Jan. 2018 The castle, which is half on the Cornish mainland and half on a jagged headland that juts into the sea, is described by English Heritage as one of the most spectacular historic sites in Britain. James Rogers, Fox News, "'King Arthur' castle discovery: Mysterious inscription intrigues experts," 18 June 2018 West Marin is a short drive across the Golden Gate Bridge, but the headlands separating it from the rest of the county have insulated the area from so many of the trappings of Bay Area life. San Francisco Chronicle, "One Day, One Place: Bolinas and Stinson Beach," 17 May 2018 Twenty-six hiking trails lace the park, with occasional sightings of moose and black bear (even whales, from the headlands). BostonGlobe.com, "Four reasons to relocate to Cape Breton — if only for a few days (five, if you play golf)," 23 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'headland.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of headland

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about headland

Dictionary Entries near headland

head kidney

head knee






Statistics for headland

Last Updated

20 Jun 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for headland

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for headland



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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on headland

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for headland

Spanish Central: Translation of headland

Nglish: Translation of headland for Spanish Speakers

Comments on headland

What made you want to look up headland? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


showing courage and determination

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a closeup of a sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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