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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
Yemeni fighters combating the group in the hinterlands of Shabwa and Abyan provinces say al-Qaeda has weathered this pounding and remains a fierce opponent.
Islamic State militants are hunkered down a few miles away in their last refuge: the desert hinterlands straddling the Iraq-Syria border.
Until Sweden does so, grazing in the Nordic hinterland is governed by the Lapp Codicil from 1751, which gives rights for herders from Sweden, but also Norway, to largely ignore the border.
The latest death toll, up from the previous figure of 86, makes this one of the bloodiest incidents this year in escalating communal clashes across Nigeria's hinterland states.
Only in 2006 did a candidate from the hinterlands win by opposing the Montreal-Toronto axis.
Tundj Hata is the courier who brings the head across the hinterlands of the empire and secretly lines his pockets by showing it off to villagers en route: The head was establishing its rapport with the crowd.
More than 80% of Prato’s Chinese residents come from a single coastal city, Wenzhou, and its rural hinterland—a region with a long history of overseas migration and therefore a global network of kinships to which migrants can turn for support.
That means the administrations of Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama welcomed tons of teams from the hinterlands since last a Washington team made the short trip to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for a championship celebration.
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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.
HINTERLAND Defined for English Language Learners
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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