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 one city in the heartland, the letters have already started going out. Christopher Flavelle, New York Times, "Trump Administration Presses Cities to Evict Homeowners From Flood Zones," 11 Mar. 2020 None of these concepts are encompassed by Republican (or libertarian) views, and most people in the heartland just want a chance to succeed on their own, free of government assistance. WSJ, "There’s No Republican Case for Sen. Warren," 6 Feb. 2020 All over America, especially in the heartland, there are towns with no population growth, whose stable economies are doing just fine. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Rating the quarterback’s detractors (11/24/19)," 24 Nov. 2019 America has that too: dog ownership is heaviest in the heartland. The Economist, "Lexington Impoochment," 21 Nov. 2019 Italy reported a seventh death from the virus, with authorities imposing quarantines and other restrictions in the country’s economic heartland to fight what is now the world’s third-biggest national outbreak after those in China and Korea. ... Betsy Mckay, WSJ, "Coronavirus’s Global Spread May Not Be Contained, WHO Says," 25 Feb. 2020 Tuscia—the region in northern Lazio and southern Tuscany—was the heartland of Etruscan civilization from the eighth to the third century B.C. Steve King, Condé Nast Traveler, "Italy's Forgotten Palazzos Make for an Opulent Road Trip," 9 Feb. 2020 The onion crisis has hit both the farmers and urban consumers of north India, the political heartland of the prime minister, Narendra Modi, and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The Economist, "Food is a fulcrum in Indian politics," 7 Dec. 2019 Here in the heavy industry heartland of Colombia, environmentalism has old roots and has endured through decades of violence and intimidation. Fatima Garcia Elena, Quartz, "On the front lines of climate change, environmental activism can lead to murder," 4 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of heartland

1903, in the meaning defined above

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24 Mar 2020

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“Heartland.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heartland. Accessed 29 Mar. 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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