mainland

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noun main·land \ˈmān-ˌland, -lənd\

Definition of mainland

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

mainlander

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Examples of mainland in a Sentence

  1. the boat back to the mainland leaves once every two days

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First Known Use of mainland

14th century


Mainland

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geographical name Main·land \ˈmān-ˌland, -lənd\

Definition of Mainland

  1. 1 honshu

  2. 2 island in northern Scotland; largest of the Orkney Islands

  3. 3 island in northern Scotland; largest of the Shetland Islands


MAINLAND Defined for English Language Learners

mainland

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Definition of mainland for English Language Learners

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


MAINLAND Defined for Kids

mainland

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noun main·land \ˈmān-ˌland\

Definition of mainland for Students

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



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