heartland

noun heart·land \ ˈhärt-ˌland \
|Updated on: 17 Jun 2018

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

  1. We drove into Scotland's heartland.

  2. a politician who is popular in the American heartland

  3. the heartland of high technology

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First Known Use of heartland

1903

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HEARTLAND Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of heartland for English Language Learners

  • : 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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