mainland

noun
main·​land | \ ˈmān-ˌland How to pronounce mainland (audio) , -lənd \

Definition of mainland

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a continent or the main part of a continent as distinguished from an offshore island or sometimes from a cape or peninsula

Mainland

geographical name
Main·​land | \ ˈmān-ˌland How to pronounce Mainland (audio) , -lənd \

Definition of Mainland (Entry 2 of 2)

2 island in northern Scotland; largest of the Orkney Islands
3 island in northern Scotland; largest of the Shetland Islands

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Noun

mainlander \ ˈmān-​ˌlan-​dər How to pronounce mainlander (audio) , -​lən-​ \ noun

Synonyms for mainland

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of mainland in a Sentence

Noun the boat back to the mainland leaves once every two days
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Hubei province in China reported 81 deaths Saturday, which pushed the death toll for the virus to 811 -- past that of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which broke out on the mainland in 2002 and 2003. Nick Givas, Fox News, "Coronavirus deaths surpass SARS fatalities; at least 811 have died," 9 Feb. 2020 On Saturday, China increased the death toll to 722 on the mainland and announced that another 3,399 people had been diagnosed over the last 24 hours, reversing two days of declines, and raising the total accumulated number of cases to 34,546. Charles Ventura, USA TODAY, "U.S. citizen dies from coronavirus in China, reports say," 8 Feb. 2020 The government announced that another 3,399 people had been diagnosed over the last 24 hours, reversing two days of declines, and raising the total accumulated number of cases on the mainland to 34,546. Washington Post, "AP News in Brief at 12:04 a.m. EST," 8 Feb. 2020 More people already have died on the mainland from the virus than from the 2003 SARS epidemic. Grumbling on social media about the official response to the outbreak has made headlines around the world. Michael Auslin, WSJ, "From Washington to Wuhan, All Eyes Are on Xi," 7 Feb. 2020 But few on the mainland want them, and the new government has struggled to find places willing to take them. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, "On a Greek Island, Migrants and Locals Are Wary Neighbors," 7 Feb. 2020 And on the mainland, patients were being treated in newly built or converted hospitals while some at overcrowded facilities sat on the floor. Anchorage Daily News, "Japan quarantines cruise ship as virus toll grows," 5 Feb. 2020 As of Tuesday, the number of cases on the mainland stands at around 20,500. Amy Gunia, Time, "Why This Week Could Be Critical for Understanding How Bad the Coronavirus Outbreak Will Get," 4 Feb. 2020 The 5,974 cases on the mainland marked a rise of 1,459 from the previous day, although that rise is a smaller increase than the 1,771 new cases reported on Monday. BostonGlobe.com, "Deaths rise to 132 in China outbreak as foreigners evacuate," 29 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of mainland

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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12 Feb 2020

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“Mainland.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mainland. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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mainland

noun
How to pronounce Mainland (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of mainland

: a large area of land that forms a country or a continent and that does not include islands

mainland

noun
main·​land | \ ˈmān-ˌland How to pronounce mainland (audio) \

Kids Definition of mainland

: a continent or the largest part of a continent as distinguished from an offshore island or islands

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