heart·​land | \ ˈhärt-ˌland How to pronounce heartland (audio) \

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 Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and supports separatists in Ukraine's eastern industrial heartland of Donbas. Frank Jordans, Star Tribune, 12 July 2021 On both thoroughfares, relatives or smuggler vehicles spirit the migrants west toward California or east into the U.S. heartland. Dudley Althaus, San Antonio Express-News, 26 June 2021 At least 24 states are now reporting a rise in new cases compared to the previous week, mostly across the US heartland and Midwest, according to data from Johns Hopkins. Christina Maxouris, CNN, 26 Sep. 2020 The Palestinians seek the entire West Bank as the heartland of an independent state, along with the Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem. Fox News, 17 June 2021 Its onset in the late 16th century was particularly noticeable in Anatolia, a largely rural region that once formed the heartland of the Ottoman Empire and is roughly coterminous with modern-day Turkey. Andrea Duffy, The Conversation, 7 June 2021 The livestock is raised in stress-free environments, never fed anything unnatural, and are sourced from local ranches and farms throughout the heartland of America. Michael Alpiner, Forbes, 30 May 2021 Also in dispute was the burning of Kinma village in the Magway region in Myanmar’s heartland on Tuesday. Time, 18 June 2021 Our week-long 687-mile journey in early June passed six states in America’s heartland. Dan Fellner, The Arizona Republic, 12 June 2021

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First Known Use of heartland

1903, in the meaning defined above

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21 Jul 2021

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“Heartland.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heartland. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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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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