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

In its Bavarian heartland, along Germany's southern border, the migrant crisis is a crucial issue. NBC News, "Germany's Merkel faces political crisis over migrant policy," 15 June 2018 The real story was that in the heartland, moderate Democrats are looking strong. Fox News, "Jay Sekulow: Mueller investigation needs to end 'very soon'," 9 Aug. 2018 One was inevitable: As the technologies of the industrial heartland spread to Asia and the Americas, the wealth gap between Europe and the rest of the world necessarily narrowed. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Incredible Shrinking Europe," 11 Feb. 2019 Across the conservative heartland, Democrats hope the backlash will help revive their party’s political strength. Washington Post, "Angry Republican teachers create split inside Oklahoma GOP," 21 June 2018 Those measures appear to be aimed at America's heartland, which helped lift Trump into the White House. Danielle Paquette And Emily Rauhala, chicagotribune.com, "Trade war with China is finally here — and it won't be pretty," 5 July 2018 Soy yields on the best Amur farms are less than half the average reaped by farmers in Brazil’s soy heartland, from which China already receives the bulk of its soy imports. Anatoly Kurmanaev, WSJ, "A Surprise Winner From the U.S.-China Trade Spat: Russian Soybean Farmers," 21 Feb. 2019 Like the rest of the region, Assam is blessed with copious natural resources and sparsely populated areas, relative to the dusty plains of India’s heartland. The Economist, "Elections in north-east India highlight the BJP’s political savvy," 22 Feb. 2018 The $200-billion move came in response to Beijing’s retaliation for the first set of U.S. duties, which primarily targeted farmers in America’s heartland, but the new tariffs won’t be imposed until the end of a two-month period for public comment. Danielle Paquette, Washington Post, "China tells the U.S. to stop hurting itself in the trade war," 11 July 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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