low·​land·​er ˈlō-lən-dər How to pronounce lowlander (audio)
capitalized : an inhabitant of the Lowlands of Scotland
: a native or inhabitant of a lowland region

Examples of lowlander in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After all, Sherpas who no longer live at altitude have bigger spleens than Nepalese lowlanders, but not as big as Sherpas who still live at altitude. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, 27 Feb. 2020 But none of the genetic differences showed a significant association with high aerobic capacity, probably because the sample size—429 Quechua and 94 lowlanders—was too small to detect one. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, 15 Nov. 2019 Many lowlanders have a hard time increasing their oxygen consumption enough for exercise and growth. Xing Liu, Science Magazine, 12 Sep. 2019 Yes, lowlanders who ascend to 2500 meters or higher often develop acute mountain sickness, including headaches and nausea. Xing Liu, Science Magazine, 12 Sep. 2019 Unlike the temporary acclimation lowlanders gain within weeks, these changes became fixed in their DNA over many generations. Bridget Alex, Discover Magazine, 3 June 2019 Even lowlanders can acclimate, eventually producing extra red blood cells, which contain hemoglobin, the protein responsible for transporting oxygen throughout the body. Bridget Alex, Discover Magazine, 3 June 2019 Flemish and lowlander sailors wore large buttons like this one with Friso's image, which attached their shirts to their breeches. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, 10 Mar. 2018 Local police in our small coastal towns did a great job waking up the lowlanders of their communities and getting them to safety. Anchorage Daily News, 28 Jan. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1621, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of lowlander was in 1621

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“Lowlander.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lowlander. Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


low·​land·​er -lən-dər How to pronounce lowlander (audio)
: a person born or living in a lowland region
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