heart·​land ˈhärt-ˌland How to pronounce heartland (audio)
: a central area: such as
: a central land area (such as northern Eurasia) having strategic advantages
: the central geographical region of the U.S. in which mainstream or traditional values predominate
: 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
Recent Examples on the Web The film is set in India’s northern heartlands, where Bajpayee hails from, but the comfort ended there. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 15 May 2024 Unlike cars and trucks, planes are difficult to electrify, and some fuel companies believe the answer to cleaning up aviation lies in America’s heartland. Karina Atkins, Chicago Tribune, 15 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for heartland 

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Word History

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of heartland was in 1903

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“Heartland.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heartland. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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heart·​land ˈhärt-ˌland How to pronounce heartland (audio)
: a central land area
especially : one of great economic and military importance

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