low·land | \ ˈlō-lənd , -ˌland \

Definition of lowland 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: low or level country



Definition of lowland (Entry 2 of 2)

1 capitalized : of or relating to the Lowlands of Scotland

2 : of or relating to a lowland

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For generations, the Muslim Bakarwals have traveled between summer pastures in the Himalayas and winter grazing grounds in the lowland plains, herding their goats, sheep and horses. Washington Post, "Kashmir nomads wonder what place they have in today’s India," 17 May 2018 Nearly 75 percent of the park is water—the rest is made up of more than 1,000 islands scattered across Lake Åsnen, old-growth deciduous forests, wetlands, and lowland plains across a stunning swath of southern Sweden. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, "The Newest National Parks Around the World," 3 May 2018 Even ordinary Bourgognes Rouges and Blancs — wines blended with fruit often grown on lowland, inferior soils — are routinely creeping into the $40 and $50 range. Patrick Comiskey, latimes.com, "Alternatives to Burgundy, from Burgundy," 29 June 2018 And that’s only one kind of danger zone: Millions live on California’s San Andreas fault, and evacuation zones lace the lowlands of many Eastern states due to risk of flooding. Kimberly Dark, Curbed, "Living on the edge," 6 June 2018 The house overlooks the marshy lowlands that connect the seven villages of Aalburg, a rural community not far from the Belgian border. Outside Online, "Marianne Vos Is the Boss," 15 May 2018 The music has admirers well beyond the Bolivian lowlands. Nicholas Casey, New York Times, "Jesuit Legacy in the Bolivian Jungle: A Love of Baroque Music," 8 May 2018 That toll is only expected to grow as the next few months of torrential rains and high winds lash into the tent city, which is precariously perched on landslide-prone hills denuded of trees or in flood-prone lowlands. Laignee Barron, Time, "Landslides and Flooding Threaten 200,000 Rohingya Refugees as Monsoon Rains Lash Into Bangladesh Camps," 15 June 2018 In these lowlands that parallel a stretch of the Pacific Coast to the west and the Sierra Nevadas to the east, politics remain murky and muddled. Moni Basu, CNN, "Blue state, red valley: In this part of California, a new generation is more woke than ever," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of lowland


15th century, in the meaning defined above


1504, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of lowland

: an area where the land is at, near, or below the level of the sea and where there are not usually mountains or large hills


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Kids Definition of lowland

: low flat country

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