high·land | \ˈhī-lənd \

Definition of highland 

(Entry 1 of 3)

: elevated or mountainous land



Definition of highland (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : of or relating to a highland

2 capitalized : of or relating to the Highlands of Scotland


geographical name
High·land | \ˈhī-lənd \

Definition of Highland (Entry 3 of 3)

1 city in southeastern California east of San Bernardino population 53,104

2 town in northwestern Indiana south of Hammond population 23,727

3 administrative area of northern Scotland bordering the North Sea and the Atlantic area 9806 square miles (25,398 square kilometers), population 232,132

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Synonyms & Antonyms for highland

Synonyms: Noun

altitude(s), elevation, eminence, height, hill, hump, mound, prominence, rise, upland

Antonyms: Noun


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Examples of highland in a Sentence


there are permanent glaciers in the cool, humid highlands of the Pacific Northwest

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In a country that is among the world’s top consumers of sugary drinks, Chiapas is a champion: Residents of San Cristóbal and the lush highlands that envelop the city drink on average more than half a gallon of soda a day. Oscar Lopez, BostonGlobe.com, "In Mexican town, Coca-Cola is everywhere, and so is diabetes," 14 July 2018 Next the coalition will have to move into the mountainous highlands, where the Houthis enjoy more support. The Economist, "The battle begins for Hodeida, Yemen’s lifeline," 14 June 2018 Try his Organic Dove, a cocktail that unites blanco tequila from the highlands with St. Germain elderflower liqueur, citrus, and basil. Natalie B. Compton, GQ, "Four New Ways to Drink Your Tequila This Spring," 23 May 2018 The strategic highland has since been annexed by Israel, bringing some Israeli troops as well as settlements to within a few dozen miles (kilometers) of Damascus. Washington Post, "Israel lays down red lines for postwar relations with Syria," 5 July 2018 No one could have predicted that this young prince from the Ethiopian highlands would perish in the face of indifferent treatment by his college soccer coach on a nondescript Wednesday night. Melissa Fay Greene, The Cut, "A mother considers her son’s final thoughts and a type of suicide we don’t fully understand.," 24 June 2018 Among the three indigenous women from the Guatemalan highlands, where many only speak Mayan languages, Maria Salazar, 23, was the sole mother fluent in Spanish. NBC News, "In the chaos of Trump's policy reversal, families aren't split but monitored," 24 June 2018 An area of Otsego County's highlands can occasionally have frost events even into the second week of June, Jauernic said. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Frost? In June? It's in the forecast Up North tonight," 5 June 2018 Nestled in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island, the camp overlooks stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and the Galapagos National Park. Town & Country, "These Are the 83 Top Hotels Around the World," 6 Oct. 2016

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The complex uniform was inspired by the highland dress worn while Greece was still in thrall to the Ottoman Turkish empire, although the authentic, long version of the kilt was probably pioneered by southern Albanian settlers allied with the Turks. Washington Post, "Godly giants in kilts: Meet Greece’s best-known soldiers," 24 May 2018 The central highland state of Guanajuato was predicted to go to a candidate of the conservative National Action Party. Washington Post, "Weary of violence, graft, Mexicans vote in historic election," 1 July 2018 Istok crater, in the southern highland planes of Mars's Aonia Terra, has not been studied by NASA's Curiosity or Opportunity rovers because both are much farther north. William Herkewitz, Popular Mechanics, "Study Says Mars Had a Lot of Water Just 500,000 Years Ago," 23 June 2015 About 10,000 people gather for the event, in which clansmen compete in various competitions, including bagpiping, drumming, highland dancing, athletics and sheep dog trials. Lisa Deaderick, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Top weekend events: Vans Warped Tour, San Diego International Fringe Festival, 'Avenue Q'," 22 June 2018 Westbrook has an impressive swath of open space along its western border nearly running unbroken from the northern highland border with Deep River south to the shores of Long Island Sound. Peter Marteka, courant.com, "A Visit To Westbrook's Horse Hill Woods," 17 June 2018 James' father, a millionaire hotel owner, renovated the estate to include a posh lodge and cabins, which visitors can rent for a luxe highland getaway. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Is Pippa Middleton Actually Getting a Royal Title?," 15 June 2018 Adam Batirov, who has also competed for a team in Bahrain, said of Dagestan’s highland wrestlers. Photographs And Text By Sergey Ponomarev, New York Times, "A Wrestling Culture That Helps Keep Boys Away From Fighting," 18 Mar. 2018 Evidence for cranial modification, practiced in some highland areas at the time, also supports the idea that children were brought to the coast from farther-flung areas of Chimú influence. National Geographic, "Exclusive: Ancient Mass Child Sacrifice May Be World's Largest," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of highland


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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English Language Learners Definition of highland

: an area where there are many mountains or where the land is high above the level of the sea


high·land | \ˈhī-lənd \

Kids Definition of highland

: high or hilly country

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