highland

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

Definition of highland

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: elevated or mountainous land

highland

adjective

Definition of highland (Entry 2 of 3)

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

Highland

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

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

Antonyms: Noun

lowland

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Examples of highland in a Sentence

Noun

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

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West of the coast, in the central highlands, live a diversity of hill tribe people, and south of Saigon lies the fertile area of the Mekong Delta. Antonia Neubauer, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Asia," 5 Oct. 2016 In the western highlands, power cables were spliced together and woven haphazardly through trees in blatant violation of basic safety codes. Washington Post, "Puerto Rico grid ‘teetering’ despite $3.8 billion repair job," 31 May 2018 In the western highlands, power cables were spliced together and woven haphazardly through trees in blatant violation of basic safety codes. Michael Weissenstein, chicagotribune.com, "Puerto Rico grid 'teetering' despite $3.8 billion repair job," 30 May 2018 Satellite data helped them establish the Nile’s approximate course during the capital’s heyday—as well as the locations of settlement-friendly highlands. Rob Reid, Ars Technica, "Ars on your lunch break: Finding Pharaoh and spotting looters from orbit," 1 Nov. 2018 Two big terms to know are highland and lowland, which don’t correspond to specific regions but rather the altitude at which the agave is grown. Max Falkowitz, GQ, "How to Buy Better Tequila That Won’t Give You Bad College Flashbacks," 3 May 2018 This mysterious little snake has essentially made a posthumous case for the preservation of the remote highlands of western Chiapas where it was found. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Place to Find a Snake Is Inside a Different Snake," 21 Dec. 2018 Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Koele Located in the central highlands, this plantation-style lodge has an orchid house, stables, and an old church on its grounds, offering a blend of refinement and Hawaiian aloha spirit. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Resorts in Hawaii: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Pierre Gedeon suggests an itinerary with a few nights first in Panama City (for the Casco Antiguo, the Biomuseo, the canal) and then the highlands (coffee plantation, hiking, indigenous tribes). Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "The Best Places to Travel in 2019," 7 Dec. 2018

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The Trans-Papua Highway is intended to connect ports in western New Guinea with the highland interior, a largely untapped area for timber and palm-oil companies. Jon Emont, WSJ, "In Asian Frontier, Locals Fear Jungle Highway Is a Road to Ruin," 7 Mar. 2019 Chest heaving and eyes fluttering, the 3-year-old boy lay silently on a hospital ward in the highland town of Hajjah, a bag of bones fighting for breath. Declan Walsh, The Seattle Times, "The tragedy of Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen," 26 Oct. 2018 Take a cinematic cruise down the long flat farm roads, cooing at highland cattle and relaxed quarter horses or stop to collect a local farmer’s bounty in exchange for a few dollars in the honor system jar. Kaitlyn Wylde, Vogue, "What’s So Great About Great Barrington? A Weekend Guide to the Quietly Cool Berkshire Town," 25 Oct. 2018 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, "The 10 Best Downton Abbey Episodes," 12 Sep. 2018 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

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First Known Use of highland

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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highland

noun

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

highland

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

Kids Definition of highland

: high or hilly country

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