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

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

Antonyms: Noun


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Examples of highland in a Sentence


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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

It’s in good company in San Miguel de Allende, a colonial-era city of 140,000 in Mexico’s central highlands. Jeremy Glass, National Geographic, "Coffee-brewing is an art in this historic Mexican city," 12 June 2019 Potatoes feature in most plates (after all, 4,000 varieties grow in the Andean highlands). Bloomberg.com, "28 Delicious Dishes Around the World for $5 or Less," 13 Feb. 2018 In Guatemala's fertile highlands, there was no faster way out of poverty than to supply American coffee drinkers. Kevin Sieff, Anchorage Daily News, "Falling coffee prices drive Guatemalan migration to the United States," 12 June 2019 The highlands are a mountainous region in central Guatemala, where the indigenous population is concentrated. Rachel Nolan, Harper's magazine, "Destined for Export," 10 June 2019 Dawie Roodt settles into his patio chair and looks out over the dry highlands east of Pretoria. Gregory Barber, WIRED, "Inside an All-White Town’s Divisive Experiment With Cryptocurrency," 6 June 2019 More than half of Guatemalans live in poverty, and in the western highlands, where the majority of the population is indigenous, 76 percent live below the poverty line. Lauren Bohn, Marie Claire, "Who Killed Claudia Gomez?," 2 May 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

But highland areas about the size of Britain are populated mainly by Papuans. Washington Post, "Underage fighters drawn into Indonesian separatist conflict," 24 June 2019 Thousands of spectators attend the yearly event, in which clansmen test one another’s prowess in various competitions, including bagpiping, drumming, highland dancing and sheep dog trials. San Diego Union-Tribune, "11 things to do in San Diego this weekend: San Diego Scottish Highland Games, Ocean Beach Street Fair and Chili Cook-off, Old Globe’s ‘As You Like It’," 21 June 2019 The paperwork for disappeared children—even forms that have been falsified—generally locates the children’s birthplaces in the indigenous, highland regions of Guatemala, not the border area near Mexico. Rachel Nolan, Harper's magazine, "Destined for Export," 10 June 2019 The Continental Divide splits the road at the 6,646-foot-high (2,025.7 m) Logan Pass, where a visitor center and bookstore provide shelter from the chilly highland weather. National Geographic, "A guide to Glacier National Park," 17 Apr. 2019 San Diego Scottish Highland Games & Gathering of the Clans JUNE 22-23 The 46th annual celebration of Scottish heritage includes competitions in bagpiping, drumming, highland dancing, athletics and sheep dog trials. San Diego Union-Tribune, "16 things to do in San Diego this summer," 4 June 2019 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

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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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The first known use of highland was before the 12th century

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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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