in·​land | \ˈin-ˌland, -lənd\

Definition of inland 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : of or relating to the interior of a country

2 chiefly British : not foreign : domestic



Definition of inland (Entry 2 of 3)

: the interior part of a country



Definition of inland (Entry 3 of 3)

: into or toward the interior

Examples of inland in a Sentence


They traveled inland from the sea. They live inland about three miles.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Moorea, French Polynesia Moorea’s relative budget-friendliness and its idyllic beaches, overwater bungalows, and inland adventures proves a winning combination for this ultra-scenic society island. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Islands in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 When rivers spilled from their banks this week, many were forced to flee their homes in multiple inland cities. Alex Derosier And Alan Suderman, Fox News, "Reckoning with loss of homes, livelihoods after Florence," 21 Sep. 2018 The international commission first met in 1985 to create more cooperation between Canada and the U.S. on protecting salmon, which migrate thousands of miles from inland streams to the Pacific Ocean and then back to their spawning place. Gillian Flaccus, The Seattle Times, "International 10-year salmon preservation plan advances," 18 Sep. 2018 Lancaster, Pennsylvania Population: 59,218 | Median value of housing: $109,300 One of the oldest inland cities in the country, Lancaster boasts unique features such as the country’s oldest continuously running farmers market. Natalie Campisi,, "5 great cities for millennial homebuyers," 8 Mar. 2018 In inland areas, large distances and a lack of train cars and storage silos hamper grain from reaching external markets. James Marson, WSJ, "Struggling U.S. Farmers Worry About a Resurgent Russia," 23 Sep. 2018 But a much larger area outside the coastal flooding zone will be affected by heavy rain and is at risk of inland flooding. David Roberts, Vox, "FEMA has radically underestimated how vulnerable Americans are to flooding," 14 Sep. 2018 Moisture levels should remain very high, and there’s a 20 to 30 percent chance that storms will develop over the inland valleys, Gonsalves said. Robert Krier,, "Steamy weather might include thunderstorms," 10 July 2018 Botswana The Okavango Delta in Botswana is the world’s largest inland delta, and the best place to experience an African water safari. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Places to Visit in July," 15 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

There are a lot of people west of here that are already starting to experience the inland floating as the waters move down through the tributaries and the rivers trying to get down to the coast. Fox News, "Diamond and Silk ride out the storm in North Carolina," 15 Sep. 2018 So property developers in Miami should keep a close eye on the South Pole, lest an inland condo building suddenly find itself on a beach front. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Antarctica has lost 2.71 trillion tons of ice. Here’s what that looks like.," 12 Sep. 2018 Before today's opening, drivers had to detour up to three hours inland to reach some of the coast's more popular destinations. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "California's Highway One to Fully Reopen Today," 18 July 2018 The Camp Fire is well inland of the San Francisco Bay Area, but the winds have carried much of the smoke there en route to the sea, which is reflected by air quality data. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "What is going on with California’s horrific fires?," 13 Nov. 2018 Many in Florida’s inland communities don’t make the same preparations as people closer to the coast. Brendan Farrington, The Seattle Times, "Far from coast, rural counties also recovering from Michael," 15 Oct. 2018 As the storm progresses and the heavy rain continues to fall, rivers and creeks further inland will start to overflow as well. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Hurricane Florence catastrophic flooding, rescues, and deaths: what we know," 14 Sep. 2018 Temperatures on Sunday were slightly cooler, ranging from the high 70s along the coast to the low 90s in downtown Los Angeles and triple-digit temperatures in some inland areas. Andrea Castillo,, "'I have happy tears,' Goleta resident says after finding his home survived destructive wildfire," 9 July 2018 Away from some ocean relief, this is going to be a ridiculously sizzling stretch for inland towns., "Weather updates and alerts as storms and rain hit Mass.," 25 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

At this time of year, high atmospheric pressure often sets up inland over higher-elevation land, with low pressure offshore. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "What is going on with California’s horrific fires?," 13 Nov. 2018 And the situation will remain dangerous as the storm, which is still a hurricane, pushes inland. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Photos: what Hurricane Michael’s destruction looks like on the ground," 10 Oct. 2018 And even further inland, away from the direct threat of storm surges, up to 30 inches of rain could cause devastating flooding. Sarah Mearhoff, Teen Vogue, "Hurricane Florence Spurred Evacuation Orders for 1 Million People," 11 Sep. 2018 The heart of tupelo honey production is Wewahitchka, a one-stoplight town about 15 miles (25 kilometers) inland from where Michael made landfall Oct. 10 with 155-mph (250-kph) winds. Jennifer Kay, The Seattle Times, "Hurricane Michael could sour Florida’s tupelo honey harvest," 22 Oct. 2018 In southern Georgia’s Dooly County, about 175 miles inland from where Hurricane Michael made landfall on the Florida Panhandle, cotton farmers and pecan growers were met with violent winds just weeks away from harvesting. Cameron Mcwhirter, WSJ, "Broken Pecan Trees, Ruined Cotton Harvest: Georgia Counts Michael’s Cost," 17 Oct. 2018 Leland Vittert, live in one of those places, Elizabeth town, North Carolina tonight, about 85 miles inland from Wilmington. Fox News, "Sen. Lindsey Graham: I want Ford to be heard," 18 Sep. 2018 The Swedish brand owned by a Chinese multinational with an American factory invested $1.1 billion in the area just inland from the port city of Charleston. Robert Duffer,, "3 of the top 10 most American-made vehicles are made in Illinois," 21 June 2018 But Scherer and his colleagues tested mud from nine other holes inland from Lake Whillans, as far as 120 miles from the present ice edge. National Geographic, "The West Antarctic Ice Sheet Seems to Be Good at Collapsing," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of inland


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1573, in the meaning defined above


1600, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of inland

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or in the part of a country that is away from the coast or boundaries



English Language Learners Definition of inland (Entry 2 of 2)

: in, into, or toward the middle of a country : away from the coast


in·​land | \ˈin-ˌland, -lənd\

Kids Definition of inland

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: of or relating to the part of a country away from the coast inland towns



Kids Definition of inland (Entry 2 of 3)

: the part of a country away from the coast or boundaries



Kids Definition of inland (Entry 3 of 3)

: into or toward the area away from a coast The storm moved inland.

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