head·​land ˈhed-lənd How to pronounce headland (audio)
: unplowed land at the ends of furrows or near a fence
: a point of usually high land jutting out into a body of water : promontory

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 design firm’s concept also includes the construction of an artificial underwater reef in the ocean beyond the headlands to slow the approach of erosive waves. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Apr. 2024 Recreational areas with seats, paths and native plants would top the headlands, which are intended to hold sand in place on the beach. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Feb. 2024 The Australian firm International Coastal Management submitted the concept, and the headlands would be small, rounded extensions of the beach to be built at the ends of Tyson and Wisconsin streets. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Jan. 2024 Before the arrival of European explorers in the 1800s, the island’s steep headlands teemed with hundreds of thousands of raucous seabirds, including albatrosses, terns and petrels, whose guano oozed down bluffs to enrich waters brimming with fish. Tim Lydon, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Apr. 2023 Covering 38 acres on a headland in the southern part of the island, Six Senses La Sagesse comprises a luxurious resort and private residences. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 30 Nov. 2023 Acadia National Park, Maine An average of five feet of snow fall on Acadia’s evergreen forests and rocky headlands over the course of a year, transforming the park’s scenic loop drive and winding carriage roads into a paradise for cross-country skiers and snowshoers. Sarah L. Stewart, Travel + Leisure, 19 Oct. 2023 Anchoring off a mighty headland, Bartholomew Gosnold and his crew fished for food and caught cod aplenty. Robert Kunzig, Discover Magazine, 11 Nov. 2019 Explore the Damnable Trails, a network of hiking paths that weave through the rugged coastal headlands and boreal forest with historical points of interest (old graveyards, heritage homes, etc.), beaches, and sweeping views. Lauren Breedlove, Travel + Leisure, 30 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

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 12 Apr. 2024.

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head·​land ˈhed-lənd How to pronounce headland (audio)
: a point of land sticking out into the sea : promontory

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