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Examples of hinterland in a Sentence
the colonies hugged the coastline, while the hinterland remained largely unexplored
Recent Examples of hinterland from the Web
Later, she was confined for nearly a decade to a bleak township deep in South Africa’s rural hinterlands, where police twice set fire to her house.
In this picture Planet Nine might have been an outbound world that plowed through enough debris to slow down and get trapped in the solar hinterlands.
Revenues from the sale of oil, gas and phosphate are not invested in infrastructure that might encourage enterprise, especially in the neglected hinterland, where the commodities are extracted.
Nearly 70% of them voted for President Donald Trump in 2016, impelled by his populist fervor and his promise to restore greatness to these left-behind American hinterlands.
When wages rise because of retention problems or labor unrest, the Chinese government is happy to help Apple and others by handing out tax breaks and transportation projects to spur new, lower-paying factories in China’s hinterlands.
More recently, the militants—long based in the desert hinterland adjacent to Egypt’s border with Israel and Gaza—have carried out a number of attacks inside El Arish.
Expeditions to the Trumpish hinterlands will depart immediately.
The woman who has fled her own hinterland for the ragged fringe of London discovers a dreamlike city of melancholy magic.
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Did You Know?
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
First Known Use: 1890See Words from the same year
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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
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