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 Staying There: The comfortable Casa Nina sits on the headland above the ferry stop in the port of Patitiri. Tony Perrottet, WSJ, 27 May 2022 After breakfast, enlist the hotel's private gozzo (an iconic wooden motorboat) for the morning, or stroll around the headland to find the unusually green-blue waters of Paraggi Beach. Travel + Leisure, 12 Apr. 2022 Hikers will once again be able to soak up the amazing views from the tip of Cape Lookout, after the trail along the north Oregon coast headland has reopened just in time for Memorial Day weekend crowds. oregonlive, 25 May 2021 The views from Teddy's Lookout on Lorne's headland reserve are also some of the best on the iconic driving route. Sarah Reid, Travel + Leisure, 5 Apr. 2022 But coastlines have always changed; this headland didn’t always host the Lewis family compound, for example. Elizabeth Royte, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Mar. 2022 The sequence, which had been filmed on a windswept headland in Northern Ireland in the fall of 2020, was elaborate, featuring a cliff-top fort, horses, and dozens of extras. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, 28 Mar. 2022 The bones, wedged into a layer of limestone on a coastal headland, belonged to a huge pterosaur, a type of extinct flying reptile that once roamed the earth with dinosaurs. NBC News, 22 Feb. 2022 A half-mile walk around a headland outside of Lastres brings you to a set of sauropod footprints, while an entire dinosaur coastal route can also be followed by car (Asturias is rich in cave paintings as well). John Oseid, Forbes, 21 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of headland

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

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“Headland.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headland. Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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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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