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 Scientists have found that rising temperatures could spread malaria and dengue to new areas of the Himalayas, where mosquitoes have started to appear in the highlands. Bhadra Sharma, New York Times, "As Himalayas Warm, Nepal’s Climate Migrants Struggle to Survive," 5 Apr. 2020 On a corner beside two women palming corn tortillas, a young man preached salvation from his Bible, one of the growing ranks of evangelicals in the western highlands. Julien Capmeil, Condé Nast Traveler, "In Guatemala, Eco-Retreats and Arts Collectives Blend Seamlessly with Tradition," 30 Mar. 2020 Burning coal and grasslands in Africa The burning season in Africa begins in December as the rains trail off in the highlands. Daniel Wolfe, Quartz, "Where nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas 300-times stronger than CO2, is being emitted," 14 Jan. 2020 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 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, "Curbing zoonotic diseases Will wet markets be hung out to dry after the pandemic?," 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, "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

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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 4 Jul. 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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