mainland

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

Definition of mainland

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

Other Words from mainland

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

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Examples of mainland in a Sentence

the boat back to the mainland leaves once every two days
Recent Examples on the Web At least one of North Korea's tests this year was believed to be of an intercontinental ballistic missile that could hit the US mainland. Samantha Beech, CNN, 26 May 2022 With 150 mph winds at landfall, Ida tied as the fifth-strongest hurricane to hit the mainland. Mabinty Quarshie, USA TODAY, 22 Sep. 2021 Ida blew ashore in Louisiana on Sunday tied as the fifth-strongest storm to ever hit the U.S. mainland, then moved north with rain that overwhelmed urban drainage systems. BostonGlobe.com, 4 Sep. 2021 Ida -- the fifth-strongest hurricane to hit the U.S. mainland based on wind speed -- knocked out power for more than 1 million customers in the New Orleans area and left about 50 people dead nationally. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 4 Sep. 2021 Ida blew ashore in Louisiana on Sunday tied as the fifth-strongest storm to ever hit the U.S. mainland, then moved north with rain that overwhelmed urban drainage systems. Wayne Parry, chicagotribune.com, 4 Sep. 2021 On Sunday, Ida struck Louisiana as the fifth-strongest storm to ever hit the U.S. mainland, leaving 1 million people without power, maybe for weeks. Time, 3 Sep. 2021 Ida came ashore in Louisiana on Sunday, then moved north as the fifth-strongest storm to ever hit the U.S. mainland, then moved north and east dumping torrential rain all week. Fox News, 3 Sep. 2021 Wildfires are threatening Lake Tahoe, Tropical Storm Henri struck the Northeast and Ida struck Louisiana as the fifth-strongest storm to ever hit the U.S. mainland, leaving 1 million people without power, maybe for weeks. David Porter And Mark Scolforo, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of mainland

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Mainland.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mainland. Accessed 24 Jun. 2022.

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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

Mainland geographical name

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

Definition of Mainland

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

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