high·​land | \ ˈhī-lənd How to pronounce highland (audio) \

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 How to pronounce Highland (audio) \

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

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of highland in a Sentence

Noun there are permanent glaciers in the cool, humid highlands of the Pacific Northwest
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There used to be much more diversity in coffee types, and Sierra Leone's highland coffee was highly coveted. Rebecca Cairns, CNN, 29 Apr. 2021 Although Smith Lake is a highland reservoir and known for its deep, clear water, with depths up to 250 feet, with spring around the corner the fish are starting to move up to shallower water, Lee said. Frank Sargeant, al, 14 Mar. 2021 We must be stuck in some sort of Scottish highland time-warp situation, because Outlander just got renewed for a seventh season, and its sixth hasn’t even aired yet. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, 14 Mar. 2021 During his move, Rebus gets a call from his daughter Samantha, who has relocated to a fictional town called Naver in the real highland county Sutherland. Robert Croan • Pittsburgh Post-gazette, Star Tribune, 18 Jan. 2021 That dark spot is the most significant highland region on the planet's surface, called Aphrodite Terra, and appeared darker than the rest of the planet because the area was cooler by 85 Fahrenheit planet, Space.com reports. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Mar. 2021 Donahue will narrate the rich history of the highland bagpipes, one of the world’s oldest folk instruments, and will also perform some fun and popular pipe tunes. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, 26 Feb. 2021 Ben Nevis is a highland distillery that sits at the base of Ben Nevis mountain and is known for its flavorful and robust malts. Joseph V Micallef, Forbes, 25 Feb. 2021 It's known as Aphrodite Terra, which is the largest highland region on Venus. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 24 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The highland town is surrounded by lush countryside in northern Sulawesi, home to the Minahasa people and an amazing diversity of wildlife. The Economist, 26 May 2020 Under four miles, the easy trail rings a highland lake that reflects the steep and treeless mountains surrounding it. Elaine Glusac, New York Times, 27 Feb. 2020 Maybe their bloodline spirits crossed, perhaps hundreds of years ago across a highland moor, their prey the red grouse. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Mar. 2020 Wearing the trappings of highland Mexican warriors could communicate that the Maya leader had military prowess. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, 27 Feb. 2020 Now the divide between a wealthier, more European-descended lowland east and a more indigenous, poorer, highland west is once again exposed. Washington Post, 22 Nov. 2019 Two ancient Christian sites, in the highland towns of Axum and Lalibela, are undergoing restoration. The Economist, 7 Nov. 2019 The best choice is colonial or highland bentgrass, but as mentioned above, plant perennial ryegrass with it at about 4 pounds of seed per 1,000 square feet. oregonlive, 27 Sep. 2019 Torres’ support is strongest in Guatemala’s poorer rural and highland areas. Ciara Nugent, Time, 11 Aug. 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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“Highland.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/highland. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce highland (audio) \

Kids Definition of highland

: high or hilly country

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