land·​locked | \ ˈland-ˌläkt How to pronounce landlocked (audio) \

Definition of landlocked

1 : enclosed or nearly enclosed by land a landlocked country
2 : confined to fresh water by some barrier landlocked salmon
3 : living or located away from the ocean a landlocked sailor

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Ethiopia used the visit to announce that the flagship Ethiopian Airlines would soon begin flights to Eritrea, and already Abiy has expressed interest in landlocked Ethiopia having access to Eritrean ports. Elias Meseret, The Christian Science Monitor, "Ethiopia and Eritrea unite after ending 20-year border war," 9 July 2018 The landlocked state that's home to Mount Rushmore placed first in well-being, second in taxes, 10th in cultural vitality and 12th in health care quality. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Which state ranks best overall for retirement? South Dakota tops list," 12 July 2018 The landlocked country of 33 million people has embarked on a set of market-friendly reforms following the death of longtime ruler Islam Karimov in 2016. Georgi Kantchev, WSJ, "Uzbekistan Makes International Bond Debut Amid Emerging Market Rally," 14 Feb. 2019 Russian is spoken daily by the rest of the population, and some residents in the landlocked country situated between Romania and Ukraine want to keep it that way. Alison Mutler, The Seattle Times, "Romanian or Russian? A geopolitical issue in Moldova," 27 Aug. 2018 Its position as Africa’s No. 2 copper producer behind Congo helped spur economic growth, bringing shopping malls and tidy brick homes to the landlocked nation. Alexandra Wexler, WSJ, "Countries Push to Extract More Cash from Big Mining Companies," 18 Nov. 2018 Both provide a link to Afghanistan and other landlocked central Asian nations. Jon Gambrell, Fox News, "Iran looks warily to China for help as US sanctions resume," 12 Sep. 2018 Originally a degaussing station for the navy, the house was renovated in 2010 and contains an over-the-water main house and a landlocked guest house. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Grand home built in scenic Charleston harbor asks $7.9M," 6 Nov. 2018 The landlocked oil subsequently trades for far less in those areas than oil shipped via pipelines to major selling hubs such as Cushing, Okla. Fuel makers with access to the inexpensive crude have reaped the rewards. Bradley Olson, WSJ, "Once a ‘Dog,’ Refining Becomes Driver of Oil Profits," 5 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of landlocked

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Financial Definition of landlocked

What It Is

Landlocked is a term describing a piece of property that has no direct access.

How It Works

Landlocked property is separated from major access ways including streets, canals and public roads. Landlocked property can be located behind other buildings and may even be hidden from view. People can generally only access landlocked property by crossing another piece of property. For example, a piece of land located behind a mall and accessible only through the mall is considered landlocked.

Why It Matters

In the real estate market, properties that are landlocked have very low market values due to their undesirable locations. This is particularly true of commercial properties.

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English Language Learners Definition of landlocked

: surrounded by land


land·​locked | \ ˈland-ˌläkt How to pronounce landlocked (audio) \

Kids Definition of landlocked

1 : shut in or nearly shut in by land a landlocked harbor
2 : kept from leaving fresh water by some barrier landlocked salmon

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