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 The country is politically divided, between the cities and the countryside, and the coasts and the heartland, in ways that, because of the distribution of electoral power, have mostly benefitted Republicans. Benjamin Wallace-wells, The New Yorker, "Pete Buttigieg’s High Hopes," 16 Dec. 2019 The trouble now in the United States was that the would-have-been regional ruling class had been sucked out of every corner of the heartland to join the ranks of the global meritocracy, leaving the ranks of the local elite nearly empty. Thomas Meaney, Harper's magazine, "Trumpism After Trump," 20 Jan. 2020 The Faida panels, the archaeologists say, point to extensive royal support for improving lands near the Assyrian heartlands. National Geographic, "'Extremely rare’ Assyrian carvings discovered in Iraq," 17 Jan. 2020 In 1994, President Bill Clinton brokered a second peace treaty, this time between Israel and Jordan, that helped to secure the Hashemite kingdom and stabilize the Middle East heartland. Martin Indyk, WSJ, "The Middle East Isn’t Worth It Anymore," 17 Jan. 2020 The widening gap between wealthy coastal cities and the lagging heartland has been a powerful, polarizing force in American politics, yet presidential campaigns have seldom debated what to do about it. Greg Ip, WSJ, "Bloomberg Puts Geographic Inequality on the 2020 Agenda," 8 Jan. 2020 The company in November announced plans to build a factory in the middle of Germany’s automotive heartland to cater to burgeoning European demand for EVs. Fortune, "How Elon Musk Built a Tesla Factory in China in Less Than a Year," 7 Jan. 2020 The latest rallies by the activists from the People's Peace Movement of Afghanistan started on Friday, first in southern Helmand province, a Taliban heartland. NBC News, "Taliban ambush peace convoy in Afghanistan, abducting activists," 25 Dec. 2019 The latest rallies by the activists from the People’s Peace Movement of Afghanistan started on Friday, first in southern Helmand province, a Taliban heartland. Tameem Akhgar, SFChronicle.com, "Taliban abduct 26 peace activists, Afghan official says," 25 Dec. 2019

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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 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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