in·​land | \ ˈin-ˌland How to pronounce inland (audio) , -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

Adverb They traveled inland from the sea. They live inland about three miles.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Despite being an inland region, Rioja consumes a lot of fish, with cod being the most popular. Laura Jung, Harper's BAZAAR, "72 Hours in Spanish Wine Country," 18 Dec. 2019 Oviedo, like many inland cities, tends to be insular, conservative, overtly polite, and socially inaccessible. Chiara Goia, National Geographic, "Discover why this stunning region is Spain’s best-kept secret," 14 Dec. 2019 The lower-alcohol wines of his Clime label stand in contrast to many of the bigger, riper wines that the warm, inland region is known for. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "Winemakers to Watch," 8 Dec. 2019 On the south side of the island, southwest of Limossel, lies Akrotiri Salt Lake, the largest inland body of water on the island and one of the most important wetlands in the Eastern Mediterranean. Lindsay Cohn, USA TODAY, "Move over, Greece: Cyprus is the next big under-the-radar vacation destination," 17 Nov. 2019 Forecasters say daytime highs will reach the mid-to-upper 70s on Sunday along the coast and the mid-to-upper 80s across inland valleys and foothills. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego’s summer-like weather to continue through Monday," 6 Oct. 2019 Take advantage of the plentiful coastline and inland water bodies by going swimming, kayaking or canoeing. Lani Furbank, Washington Post, "Headed to Acadia National Park? Avoid Bar Harbor and anchor yourself on the Quiet Side.," 19 Sep. 2019 The San Andreas fault, by contrast, runs about 750 miles under the northern California coast and parts of inland southern California. oregonlive, "Cascadia Subduction Zone could trigger San Andreas quakes, OSU expert says," 6 Dec. 2019 The powerful storm will show up along the Northeastern and New England coastlines, causing snow — heavy in some areas — from the Appalachian Mountains to inland areas of the Northeast and much of New England, the National Weather Service said. NBC News, "Trump blasts Democrats at NATO meeting, storm slams Northeast, and Christmas arrives at the White House: The Morning Rundown," 3 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The top four fastest-growing states are in the inland West. Ramsey Archibald |, al, "Much of the South is growing rapidly, but Alabama not so much," 5 Jan. 2020 Precipitation will spread into the inland Southwest, bringing a mix of rain and snow to parts of Nevada and Utah, AccuWeather said. Editors, USA TODAY, "Christmas Eve weather, tracking Santa and what's open: 5 things you need to know Tuesday," 24 Dec. 2019 The scrubby pines and sparsely settled hills of the inland Northwest have long been seen as a potential homeland by fringe white supremacists and armed loners who are militantly suspicious of government power. Mike Baker, New York Times, "G.O.P. Lawmaker Had Visions of a Christian Alternative Government," 23 Dec. 2019 Criado grew up in a small inland town near Cangas de Onís before moving to Gijón. Chiara Goia, National Geographic, "Discover why this stunning region is Spain’s best-kept secret," 14 Dec. 2019 Much of the runoff from those altered acres finds its way to Lake Okeechobee, which is often choked with an inland algae bloom of putrid-​green cyanobacteria that feeds off an overload of nutrients. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, "The Conservation Fight for Florida Water is Finally Seeing Progress," 6 Dec. 2019 Panels with vacancies include the planning and zoning and inland wetlands commissions, the zoning board of appeals, the board of assessment appeals, the beautification commission and the veterans commission. Jesse Leavenworth,, "East Hartford leaders struggle to fill vacancies on local boards, commissions," 3 Dec. 2019 And more blazes could potentially spark, as Red Flag warnings for fire danger are remaining in place through tonight for some inland areas to the north and west of Los Angeles. Greg Norman | Fox News, Fox News, "California police rip drone pilot as device gets in way of wildfire relief efforts," 2 Nov. 2019 Over the past five years, for example, the four Connecticut counties hugging the coastline averaged 2.9 degrees warmer than normal, compared with 2.6 degrees for the four inland counties. Kyle Bagenstose, USA TODAY, "The Northeast is warming faster than rest of US: 'Our winters now are not like our winters before'," 25 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The wind and water stripped off dock wall material and pushed it inland, and frozen floodwaters covered railroad tracks in a foot of ice, Schlicht said. USA TODAY, "MLK, robot unemployment, Python Bowl: News from around our 50 states," 14 Jan. 2020 The chances for precipitation are 100% Saturday in the metro area as another strong front moves inland. oregonlive, "Portland Thursday weather: Flooding rains, gorge ice, mountain snow send fall out with a bang," 19 Dec. 2019 Boston could get a half-foot of snow, with close to a foot farther inland, while Philadelphia could get as much as 5 inches, forecasters said. Petra Cahill, NBC News, "Impeachment hearings, Steve Bullock drops out of 2020 race, and it's Cyber Monday: The Morning Rundown," 2 Dec. 2019 Since Tomar is inland, pork and beef are staples on any menu here. Rick Steves, USA TODAY, "Tomar: The quiet, historic Portuguese town the tourists haven't discovered yet," 24 Nov. 2019 That’s when the Wampanoags, who moved seasonally between coastal summer residences (not unlike Cape Cod today) and protected winter homes inland, took up farming. Philip Deloria, The New Yorker, "The Invention of Thanksgiving," 18 Nov. 2019 Most of China's launches take place at centers far inland, resulting in debris landing downrange. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Aloha to Hawaii launch site, China tests grid fins," 8 Nov. 2019 There are gathering spaces inland, next to the Presidio’s visitor center, and a spacious child-friendly landscape along Mason Street facing Crissy Field and the bay. John King,, "At north edge of SF’s Presidio, a new park to connect people to the bay," 7 Nov. 2019 High temperatures today could reach 75 degrees near the coast and inland, 80 in the western valleys, 77 in the mountains and 94 in the deserts. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Light rain expected in county this weekend, with a quarter-inch on Palomar Mountain," 27 Sep. 2019

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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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“Inland.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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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 How to pronounce inland (audio) , -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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