out·​back ˈau̇t-ˈbak How to pronounce outback (audio)
: isolated rural country especially of Australia

Example Sentences

people who live in the Australian outback tend to be self-sufficient
Recent Examples on the Web Intense, bold and fearless, this cologne is up for any challenge, whether that’s a trek through the outback or a keynote presentation. Dallas News, 30 Nov. 2022 The Ghan, the legendary luxury train linking Adelaide to Darwin since 1929, offers a full-immersion into Australia’s wild outback. Marianna Cerini, Condé Nast Traveler, 26 Oct. 2022 The remains of the 6-meter (19 feet) tall juvenile long-necked plesiosaur, also known as an elasmosaur, were found by a trio of amateur fossil hunters on a cattle station in the western Queensland outback in August. Kathleen Magramo, CNN, 7 Dec. 2022 Behind the fences surrounding this 40-square-mile outback of cactus and wiry creosote, the largest remaining population of Mojave desert tortoises was soaking up the morning sun and grazing on a mix of wild greens and flowers. Los Angeles Times, 17 Nov. 2022 This wild frontier, described by guides as the outback of Chile, is new to the tourism game. Stephanie Vermillion, Outside Online, 18 June 2022 Dystopian futuristic action in the Australian outback is quite a ways, in all sorts of ways, from a tale of a djinn. Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, 24 Aug. 2022 The Tasmanian tiger could start roaming the outback again. Alexis Jones, Peoplemag, 18 Aug. 2022 Campers Australians Emma and Nick Thomson grew up camping in the outback. Berne Broudy, Outside Online, 18 May 2015 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1893, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of outback was in 1893

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“Outback.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outback. Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

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