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

Examples of landlocked in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The landlocked Alpine nation of 8.5 million people is unusual in providing its people a say on important policy moves by offering referendums if enough people sign a petition for a vote. James Hookway, WSJ, "Switzerland to Hold Referendum on Covid-19 Lockdown," 16 Jan. 2021 The capital of the landlocked Hubei province drew thousands of tourists during the country's Golden Week celebration in October, easily outpacing its competitors. Barnini Chakraborty, Washington Examiner, "Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, becomes tourism hot spot," 20 Oct. 2020 Paraguay has posted nearly 1,200 new cases a day in December compared with 150 in August, which officials say is already overwhelming hospitals in the poor, landlocked nation. Samantha Pearson, WSJ, "New Covid-19 Surge Sweeps Across Latin America," 19 Dec. 2020 Chinese tourists flocked to the landlocked city during China’s Golden Week celebrations in October. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Wuhan releases idyllic tourism ad encouraging travel to epicenter of coronavirus outbreak," 4 Dec. 2020 At the situation stands, Nuvangyaoma has said residents suffer high unemployment partly because the reservation’s remote and landlocked location hinders economic development. Ian James,, "'We need water to survive': Hopi Tribe pushes for solutions in long struggle for water," 14 Dec. 2020 David Cadiz might live in a landlocked state, but that doesn't prevent him from pursuing his maritime passion. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, "It's a long commute: Tugboat captain works in the Bay Area and lives in landlocked Arizona," 29 Nov. 2020 Afghanistan is landlocked, and surrounded by countries that are either hostile to the U.S. or difficult to traverse. Dexter Filkins, The New Yorker, "Why Trump Carried Out His Pentagon Purge," 14 Nov. 2020 The landlocked country of 12 million people is the poorest country in South America after Venezuela., "Bolivia Crafts an Austerity Plan as Solution to Economic Crisis," 14 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of landlocked

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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31 Jan 2021

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“Landlocked.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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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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