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
Recent Examples on the Web Safe haven baby boxes have been installed in over 100 firehouses and hospitals across America’s heartland and Southern states whose legislatures have passed safe haven laws. Maria Laurino, The New Republic, 25 Aug. 2022 Researchers from Ohio State University and the University of Illinoisfoundthat beef and dairy cattle losses from heat stress averaged $1.26 billion annually, a figure that’s expected to rise as worsening heat and drought grip the heartland. Daniel Cusick, Scientific American, 24 Aug. 2022 China’s heartland has reported temperatures as high as 104°F and low precipitation for over two months, making the current heat wave the longest on record. Nicholas Gordon, Fortune, 22 Aug. 2022 For more than half a century, Pahatha Mellange Jayaappu has tilled the field on his modest farm in Sri Lanka’s agricultural heartland, unswayed by recurrent political and economic turmoil. WSJ, 19 Aug. 2022 McCartney and Shevell journeyed through America's heartland during a road trip down Route 66. Jolene Latimer, Peoplemag, 16 Aug. 2022 Israel captured the West Bank in the 1967 Mideast war and the Palestinians seek it as the heartland of their future state. Ilan Ben Zion, ajc, 9 Aug. 2022 By that measure, the South’s heartland lies in the Deep South strip of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina. Andrew Van Dam, Washington Post, 5 Aug. 2022 Combat in Ukraine has shifted to the eastern part of the country, its mineral-rich, industrial heartland. John Bacon, USA TODAY, 24 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of heartland

1903, in the meaning defined above

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“Heartland.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heartland. Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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