noun, often attributive
\ ˈland How to pronounce land (audio) \

Definition of land

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : the solid part of the surface of the earth also : a corresponding part of a celestial body (such as the moon)
b : ground or soil of a specified situation, nature, or quality dry land
c : the surface of the earth and all its natural resources
2 : a portion of the earth's solid surface distinguishable by boundaries or ownership bought land in the country : such as
a : country the finest cheese in all the land
b : a rural area characterized by farming or ranching also : farming or ranching as a way of life wanted to move back to the land
3 : realm, domain in the land of dreams sometimes used in combination TV-land
4 : the people of a country the land rose in rebellion
5 : an area of a partly machined surface (such as the inside of a gun barrel) that is left without machining


landed; landing; lands

Definition of land (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to set or put on shore from a ship : disembark
2a : to set down after conveying
b : to cause to reach or come to rest in a particular place never landed a punch
c : to bring to a specified condition his wit landed him in trouble
d : to bring to a landing land an airplane
e : to complete successfully by landing the skater landed all her jumps
3a : to catch and bring in land a fish
b : gain, secure land a job landed the leading role

intransitive verb

1a : to go ashore from a ship : disembark
b of a ship or boat : to touch at a place on shore
2a : to come to the end of a course or to a stage in a journey : arrive took a wrong turn and landed on a dead-end street
b : to come to be in a condition or situation landed in jail
c : to strike or meet a surface (as after a fall) landed on my head
d : to alight on a surface


biographical name
\ ˈland How to pronounce Land (audio) \

Definition of Land (Entry 3 of 3)

Edwin Herbert 1909–1991 American inventor and industrialist

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from land


landless \ ˈland-​ləs How to pronounce Land (audio) \ adjective
landlessness \ ˈland-​ləs-​nəs How to pronounce Land (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for land

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of land in a Sentence

Noun the land along the highway The land stretched as far as you could see. They cleared some land to grow crops. After two days of sailing, we were miles from land. They invaded the country by land and by sea. They own land in Alaska. They bought some land and built a house. His lands extend as far as the eye can see. He was the most powerful politician in the land. the lands of the Far East Verb The plane landed on the runway. We watched the seaplanes landing on the water. The bird landed in a tree. A butterfly landed on the flower. Our flight was scheduled to land in Pittsburgh at 4:00. It was raining heavily at the airport when we landed. The pilot was able to land the plane on the runway. The golf ball landed in the trees. I could not see where the ball landed. The cat fell from the tree but landed on its feet.
See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And 18% of women said there does not exist a single handsome man in all the land, according to the Times. Fox News, "Russian poll finds Putin is Russia’s sexiest man," 3 Apr. 2021 In the land of Thunder Force, there's a hero in everyone. Joey Nolfi,, "In Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer's superhuman comedy Thunder Force, everyone's a hero," 1 Apr. 2021 And one of the most depressing features of discussions about global warming is their tendency to take place in a fantasy land of the politically impossible. The Economist, "Global warming Those who worry about CO2 should worry about methane, too," 31 Mar. 2021 NFTs remain all the rage in crypto-land, and projects leveraging that yen for blockchain collectibles are coming fast and furious. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Biz Stone and Mark Cuban are backing an Instagram for NFTs," 31 Mar. 2021 Many shared physical spaces together, whether in public forest land or while parked on unwelcome city streets. Chris Moody, The New Republic, "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Living Nowhere," 30 Mar. 2021 If Jackson is confirmed by the Senate, her appointment would likely be a gateway to her post on the highest court in the land. Kaelan Deese, Washington Examiner, "Biden announces first group of federal judicial nominees," 30 Mar. 2021 The first of Bardugo's novels, Shadow and Bone, follows Alina, a teen orphan in the wintry land of Ravka, similar to Russia. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "Shadow and Bone on Netflix Looks Like the Next Game of Thrones," 30 Mar. 2021 In Oyeyemi land, there are more hurried glances and grazing fingertips in bookshops and libraries than in bedrooms. Helen Shaw, Vulture, "The Queen of Fractured Fairy Tales," 29 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Hard-core fans in Korea followed Kim from game to game to land an autograph or photo with the player Baseball America called the top MLB prospect from the KBO entering this season. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Padres’ Darvish, Kim anchor potential ‘Pacific Rim push’," 4 Apr. 2021 To land any of those prospects, the Bears likely will have to trade up from No. 20. Dan Wiederer,, "Mac Jones has the traits that fit Matt Nagy’s wish list. Will the Chicago Bears have their chance to draft the Alabama QB ?," 3 Apr. 2021 The ball was destined to land over the wall for the Dodgers’ first home run of the season — 26 innings into this series played a mile high — until Raimel Tapia jumped at the wall and pulled the ball back. Los Angeles Times, "More Coors Field weirdness: Zach McKinstry’s inside-the-park homer lifts Dodgers," 3 Apr. 2021 Her 36-hole performance was more than enough to land Fuller among the top 30 of 82 golfers and into the final round to be played at Augusta National, home to next week’s Masters Tournament. Edgar Thompson,, "Gators golfer Annabell Fuller earns spot in final round of Augusta National Women’s Amateur," 2 Apr. 2021 Jessup’s size and shooting ability should give him a good chance at least to land one of Golden State’s two two-way contracts next season. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, "Why Justinian Jessup is unlikely to join Warriors this season," 1 Apr. 2021 Jason Sanders knows that making moonshine is a federal offense and can land one in trouble. Kathy Stephenson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "This Utah chef — turned outlaw distiller — makes a winning gin for ‘Moonshiners’ show," 1 Apr. 2021 An allergic reaction requires a trigger — in this case, pollen — to land in and irritate a person’s nose, eyes or lungs. Washington Post, "How to enjoy fresh flowers at home, without the sneezing and wheezing," 1 Apr. 2021 The report also says the helicopter was forced to land. Michael Roppolo, CBS News, "Former paramedic, accused of killing wife with eyedrops, facing arson charges," 1 Apr. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'land.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of land


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for land


Middle English lond, land, going back to Old English, going back to Germanic *landa- (strong neuter noun), perhaps originally "untilled land" (whence also Old Frisian land, lond "land, earth, country, landed property," Old Saxon land, Old High German lant, Old Norse land, Gothic land "field, country"), going back to dialectal Indo-European *londh-o-, o-grade form of a noun with apparent zero-grade *ln̥dh-eh2- in Celtic *land-ā-, whence Old Irish land, lann "land, plot, church building," Welsh llan "church and its adjoining property, enclosure," also Old Irish ithlann "threshing floor" (with ith "grain"), Old Welsh itlann, glossing Latin ārea "threshing floor," Welsh ydlan "barnyard" (with ŷd "grain"); and probably in Elfdalian (dialect of north central Sweden) linda "overgrown field," Old Prussian lindan (accusative singular) "valley"; zero-grade *ln̥dh- or full grade *lendh- in Slavic *lęd-, whence Russian ljadá "uncultivated field with first-growth forest," Old Russian ljadina "wasteland, weeds, thick brush," Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian lèdina, ledìna "wasteland, virgin soil," Polish ląnd "dry land, mainland"

Note: The etymon is limited to northern European Indo-European: Celtic, Germanic, Slavic and (marginally) Baltic. E. Seebold (in F. Kluge, Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache, 22. Auflage, 1989) proposes a derivative *lem-dh- from a verbal base *lem- "break (ground)," whence Old Church Slavic lemešĭ "plow," Lithuanian lẽmežis "wooden part of the plough" (compare Old Church Slavic lomiti "to break"). The suggestion has also been made that the etymon was borrowed from a non-Indo-European language.


Middle English londen, landen, derivative of lond, land land entry 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about land

Time Traveler for land

Time Traveler

The first known use of land was before the 12th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for land

Last Updated

7 Apr 2021

Cite this Entry

“Land.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for land



English Language Learners Definition of land

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the solid part of the surface of the Earth : an area of ground
: an area of the earth's solid surface that is owned by someone
: a country or nation



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

: to return to the ground or another surface after a flight
: to cause (an airplane, helicopter, etc.) to return to the ground or another surface after a flight
: to hit or come to a surface after falling or moving through the air


\ ˈland How to pronounce land (audio) \

Kids Definition of land

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the solid part of the surface of the earth
2 : an area of ground or soil of a particular kind fertile land
3 : a part of the earth's surface marked off by boundaries They bought some land.
4 : a country or nation your native land
5 : the people of a country All the land rose in rebellion.

Other Words from land

landless \ -​ləs \ adjective


landed; landing

Kids Definition of land (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to go ashore or cause to go ashore from a ship The troops landed on the island.
2 : to come down or bring down and settle on a surface The airplane landed.
3 : to hit or come to a surface I fell and landed on my back.
4 : to be or cause to be in a particular place or condition He landed in jail.
5 : to catch and bring in land a fish
6 : to succeed in getting land a job



Legal Definition of land

1 : an area of the earth usually inclusive of improvements, bodies of water, and natural or man-made objects and extending indefinitely upward and downward — compare air right
2 : an estate, interest, or right in land land means both surface and mineral rightsCalifornia Public Resources Code

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on land

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for land

Nglish: Translation of land for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of land for Arabic Speakers

Comments on land

What made you want to look up land? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

The Exceptions Quiz III

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!