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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Mississippi River Trail, Mississippi Along the entire length of the mighty Mississippi sits a 3,000-mile bike trail across the American heartland. Sam Silverman, Health.com, "The 12 Best Bike Trails of 2019 for Summer Activities," 3 July 2019 Ms Sitharaman thus embodies the BJP’s broadening appeal to aspirational Indians outside its traditional heartlands. The Economist, "In its second term, will India’s ruling coalition be bolder about reform?," 8 June 2019 His mere existence as a liberal force in conservative Indiana suggested an alternative path for Democrats fighting to rebuild support in the nation's heartland. Matt Pearce, chicagotribune.com, "At chaotic town hall, Pete Buttigieg calls for outside investigation of fatal police shooting in South Bend," 23 June 2019 His mere existence as a liberal force in conservative Indiana suggested an alternative path for Democrats fighting to rebuild support in the nation's heartland. Matt Pearce, Anchorage Daily News, "Black residents of South Bend unload on Mayor Pete Buttigieg," 23 June 2019 As politicians and regulators in Washington, DC, eye Google's vast power, top execs at the company are making a series of public appearances in America's heartland to highlight its role as a job creator far outside Silicon Valley. Megan Marples And Erica Hernandez, CNN, "Settle in with these weekend reads," 14 June 2019 Transgender reporter Samantha Allen, who grew up Mormon in Utah, drives through America's heartland to learn about how region's communities of LGBTQ+ folks weather discrimination with grit and joy. Elena Nicolaou, refinery29.com, "35 Outstanding LGBTQ+ Books Of 2019," 7 June 2019 Beijing has vowed to immediately retaliate with its own tariffs on U.S. soybeans and other farm products in a direct shot at President Donald Trump's supporters in America's heartland. NBC News, "Trump jabbed first, and now world hits back in trade fight," 22 June 2018 The president is expected to travel to the heartland to hold a private fund-raiser in West Des Moines on Tuesday. Nacha Cattan And Eric Martin / Bloomberg, Time, "Mexico Did Not Agree to Agricultural Deal Touted by President Trump, Officials Say," 9 June 2019

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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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