hinterland

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noun hin·ter·land \ˈhin-tər-ˌland, -lənd\

Definition of hinterland

  1. 1 :  a region lying inland from a coast

  2. 2a :  a region remote from urban areasb :  a region lying beyond major metropolitan or cultural centers

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Examples of hinterland in a Sentence

  1. the colonies hugged the coastline, while the hinterland remained largely unexplored

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When you're dealing with geography, it helps to know your hinterland from your umland. In 1888, geographer George Chisholm borrowed the German word Hinterland (literally, "land in back of") and applied it specifically to the region just inland from a port or coastal settlement. (Chisholm spelled the word hinderland, but English speakers eventually settled on "hinterland.") Early in the 20th century, another geographer adopted the German Umland ("land around") to refer to the territory around an inland town. What "hinterland" and "umland" have in common is a reference to a region economically tied to a nearby city. But nowadays "hinterland" has a less technical use as well; it's used for land that's simply out in the sticks.

Origin and Etymology of hinterland

German, from hinter hinder + Land


HINTERLAND Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of hinterland for English Language Learners

  • : an area that is not close to any cities or towns : a remote region


HINTERLAND Defined for Kids

hinterland

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noun hin·ter·land \ˈhin-tər-ˌland\

Definition of hinterland for Students

  1. :  a region far from cities



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