heart·land | \ˈhärt-ˌland \

Definition of heartland 

: a central area: such as

a : a central land area (such as northern Eurasia) having strategic advantages

b : the central geographical region of the U.S. in which mainstream or traditional values predominate

c : a region where something (such as an industry or activity) most strongly thrives the heartland of high technology

Examples of heartland in a Sentence

We drove into Scotland's heartland. a politician who is popular in the American heartland the heartland of high technology
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Recent Examples on the Web

Climate change has wrecked North America, creating a sea that covers most of the heartland. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Trail of Lightning is a breathtaking Native American urban fantasy adventure," 26 June 2018 Three people were confirmed dead and almost 100 injured after a strong earthquake hit Osaka on Monday morning, rattling one of Japan’s industrial heartlands and halting trains and factories across the region. Kazunori Takada, Bloomberg.com, "Three Dead, Plants and Trains Halted After Japan Quake," 18 June 2018 The Bekaa Valley in northeastern Lebanon has long been a Hezbollah heartland and has sent many fighters to Syria, where the group props up the Assad regime. Sune Engel Rasmussen And Nazih Osseiran, WSJ, "Hezbollah Faces Rising Discontent in Heartland Ahead of Election," 3 May 2018 We are bombarded with one false choice after another: coal miners or single moms, rural communities or inner cities, the coast or the heartland. Eli Meixler, Time, "Read Democrat Joe Kennedy’s Response to President Trump’s State of the Union Address," 31 Jan. 2018 There is one, and only one, acceptable means of looking down on the heartland and its denizens, and that is from an altitude of 35,000 feet. John Walters, Newsweek, "Midwest College Basketball Courts Yield a Bountiful Harvest," 20 Feb. 2014 Hanging there on a wall, in the heart of America’s heartland, is Shahn’s National Pastime. Frank Fitzpatrick, Philly.com, "How a baseball painting launched a culture war | Frank's Place," 25 May 2018 Beijing on Wednesday took aim at America's rural heartland by proposing levies on politically sensitive farm commodities such as soybeans, which were among 106 U.S. products targeted. Heesu Lee And Stephen Stapczynski, Houston Chronicle, "If trade war escalates, will China target U.S. shale?," 6 Apr. 2018 Beijing has vowed to immediately retaliate with its own tariffs on U.S. soybeans and other farm products in a direct shot at Trump’s supporters in America’s heartland. Lolita C. Baldor, The Seattle Times, "Mattis arrives in China; NKorea to be key topic of meetings," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of heartland

1903, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of heartland

: a central area of land

: the central area of the U.S. which is known for traditional values

: an area that is the center of an industry or activity

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