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 On March 28th, two days after he was deported to Guatemala from a detention center in Arizona, a twenty-nine-year-old man, from a village in the country’s western highlands, became known as Patient 36. Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker, "The Trump Administration’s Deportation Policy Is Spreading the Coronavirus," 13 May 2020 But since the early 1990s, the team found, the highlands' long rainy season had gone into a steep decline. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "How a team of scientists studying drought helped build the world’s leading famine prediction model," 15 Apr. 2020 Gelmer, a 17-year-old indigenous teen from the western highlands of Guatemala, said he was deported the day after U.S. border officials apprehended him near El Paso, Texas. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "Citing coronavirus, the U.S. is swiftly deporting unaccompanied migrant children," 30 Mar. 2020 Unlike most rivers, the Okavango, flowing south from the highlands of Angola, doesn't end in the ocean but bleeds out across a vast area of inland swamps and seasonal floodplains before eventually vanishing into the Kalahari Desert. Maggie Shipstead, Condé Nast Traveler, "In the Okavango Delta, Horseback Safaris Offer a Whole New Perspective," 11 Feb. 2020 In the past century, archeologists have found cannabis seeds and plants in tombs across Central Asia’s highlands, including in southern Siberia, and elsewhere in western China’s Xinjiang region. Christina Larson, BostonGlobe.com, "Signs of ritual pot smoking found in ancient Chinese graves," 12 June 2019 Still standing: Though previously presumed to have gone locally extinct, African wild dogs have been observed by expedition researchers at the source lakes of Okavango’s Angolan highlands. National Geographic, "Jewel in the Desert: Saving the Okavango Delta," 8 Apr. 2019 The malaria drug chloroquine was developed from quinine, an alkaloid found in the bark of the cinchona tree, which grows in the tropical highlands of South America. Paige Williams, The New Yorker, "Trump’s Dangerous Messaging About a Possible Coronavirus Treatment," 27 Mar. 2020 It is found in just two miles of the small Tantangara Creek in the highlands of Kosciuszko National Park. Adam Welz, Wired, "Fallout from Australia’s Huge Wildfires Is Choking Rivers," 21 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Under four miles, the easy trail rings a highland lake that reflects the steep and treeless mountains surrounding it. Elaine Glusac, New York Times, "36 Hours in Queenstown, New Zealand," 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, "Bird dogs and raptors seem to share an ancient connection," 8 Mar. 2020 Wearing the trappings of highland Mexican warriors could communicate that the Maya leader had military prowess. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "‘Astounding new finds’ suggest ancient empire may be hiding in plain sight," 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, "AP Explains: Bolivia aims for a new vote — without Morales," 22 Nov. 2019 Two ancient Christian sites, in the highland towns of Axum and Lalibela, are undergoing restoration. The Economist, "An imperial palace, a prison—and now a symbolic museum," 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, "Are drought conditions or boring insects killing trees in the Willamette Valley? Ask an expert," 27 Sep. 2019 Torres’ support is strongest in Guatemala’s poorer rural and highland areas. Ciara Nugent, Time, "Guatemala Sends More Migrants to the U.S. Border Than Any Other Country. Will Sunday's Elections Change That?," 11 Aug. 2018 Generally, highland tequilas tend to be more floral and citrus while lowland varieties carry more earthy notes. Trevor Fraser, orlandosentinel.com, "Celebrate National Tequila Day with twists on classic tastes," 24 July 2019

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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 2 Jun. 2020.

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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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