heartland

noun
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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The same dynamic is now playing out in Germany: The national team's reinvention over the past decade and a half is in no small part thanks to an influx of immigrant youths schooled in the country's industrial heartlands. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "The World Cup is a celebration of cosmopolitanism, until it isn’t," 4 July 2018 Elsewhere in America's industrial heartland, though, companies are on edge. Andrew Mayeda, chicagotribune.com, "Across U.S., wary businesses gird for a Trump trade war," 18 June 2018 That spring, separatist fighters opposed to a new pro-Western government in Kiev seized control of broad patches of territory in Ukraine’s eastern industrial heartland. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Dutch-led investigators say Russian military missile shot down flight MH17 over Ukraine in 2014," 25 May 2018 But numerous local, and even grassroots, programs have expanded the tech industry infrastructure in the heartland. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "The unheralded success of flyover states," 18 Oct. 2018 Greek officials have started reopening camps created to deal with the immigration crisis of 2015, in which more than a million people reached the country on their way to Europe's affluent heartland. Fox News, "The Latest: Migrants protest overcrowding at Greek camp," 23 May 2018 An oil storage tank at the oil port al-Sidra in eastern Libya, the country’s production heartland. Summer Said, WSJ, "U.A.E. Backed Militia Leader’s Bid to Take Control of Libyan Oil Exports," 13 July 2018 The most powerful leader since the Turkish republic’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, Erdogan remains popular in Turkey’s conservative and pious heartland. Suzan Fraser, BostonGlobe.com, "Turkey’s Erdogan seeks new term with greater powers," 21 June 2018 The most powerful leader since the Turkish republic’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, Erdogan remains popular in Turkey’s conservative and pious heartland. Washington Post, "Turkey’s Erdogan seeks new term with greater powers," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of heartland

1903, in the meaning defined above

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heartland

noun

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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