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

Definition of highland

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: elevated or mountainous land



Definition of highland (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of or relating to a highland
2 capitalized : of or relating to the Highlands of Scotland

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 The east side of the city is literally highland, overlooking the lake from a roughly 100-foot-high bluff. Christopher Borrelli, Anchorage Daily News, 10 July 2022 Around the line's summit at Finse, the highland climate is so extreme that it was used by polar explorers such as Roald Amundsen and Ernest Shackleton to prepare for expeditions to Antarctica. Ben Jones, CNN, 9 May 2022 Jerzu produces a highland version of Cannonau (Grenache). Tom Mullen, Forbes, 24 July 2022 The holiday is filled with gorgeous Scottish vistas and highland balls, but the Flintshire household is a deeply unhappy one. Tom Fitzgerald And Lorenzo Marquez, Town & Country, 17 May 2022 The highland patio chat table is crafted from a weather-resistant resin weave that the manufacturer says retains its color for 2,500 UV hours. Daria Smith, Better Homes & Gardens, 11 May 2022 The Parker Solar Probe's views aligned with topographical landmarks seen by the Magellan spacecraft, including the Tellus Regio plateau in the northern hemisphere of Venus and a continent-sized highland known as Aphrodite Terra. NBC News, 10 Feb. 2022 The band’s lineup features three highland bagpipers and traditional marching snare, backed by the most-famous bagpipe band on the planet. baltimoresun.com, 4 Mar. 2022 At around eight o’clock in the evening on October 28th, Fredy López Arévalo, a journalist in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, pulled up in front of his home in the highland city of San Cristóbal de las Casas. Peter Canby, The New Yorker, 10 Jan. 2022 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 See More

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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 17 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for highland


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

Kids Definition of highland

: high or hilly country

Highland geographical name

High·​land | \ ˈhī-lənd How to pronounce Highland (audio) \

Definition of Highland

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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