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 Sanchez put me in touch with a childhood friend named Seyf Sebaa, who agreed to show me around the heartland of the French tacos. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, "The Unlikely Rise of the French Tacos," 12 Apr. 2021 In 2017, hundreds of rebels ambushed security forces in the rebel heartland of Chhattisgarh, killing 25 commandos. Indrajit Singh, Star Tribune, "India recovers bodies of 20 more troops after Maoist clashes," 4 Apr. 2021 Mayorga found them on the open-air platform of the city’s downtown bus station, amid a throng of other migrant adults and children awaiting rides to the U.S. heartland. Dudley Althaus, San Antonio Express-News, "'Everyone wants to come': Why so many Central Americans are crossing the border," 20 Mar. 2021 Yes, basketball knows no time or boundary in the heart of the heartland. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, The Indianapolis Star, "Dear basketball, this is our love letter to you ... always and forever, Indiana," 10 Mar. 2021 Plus El Burrito Mercado and Holy Land and Penzey's spices and — perhaps most of all — local importers such as Great Ciao for seeking out new and better products and bringing them to the heartland. Star Tribune, "Pantries and cooks have evolved as both become more diverse and well-rounded," 3 Feb. 2021 Kevin Bacon gives his breakthrough performance as a Chicago teen who moves to the heartland and discovers his new home has a ban on dancing. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, "The 100 Best Movies on Hulu Right Now," 9 Jan. 2021 The contagion had moved from the coasts to the heartland. Lawrence Wright, The New Yorker, "The Plague Year," 28 Dec. 2020 With a starry cast that includes Meryl Streep, James Corden and Nicole Kidman, the film delivers its progressive message about tolerance to the heartland. Dallas News, "In a year of losses, something gained: How theater was artfully brought to the screen," 11 Dec. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'heartland.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of heartland

1903, in the meaning defined above

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16 Apr 2021

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“Heartland.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heartland. Accessed 18 Apr. 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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