out·​back | \ˈau̇t-ˈbak, -ˌbak\

Definition of outback 

: isolated rural country especially of Australia

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Examples of outback in a Sentence

people who live in the Australian outback tend to be self-sufficient

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The outback climb takes you through many microclimates, sweeping vistas, giant redwoods, and quiet country roads. Annie Daly, SELF, "12 Beautiful Biking Destinations You’ll Want to Add to Your Bucket List," 18 July 2018 An enormous crocodile that had long eluded authorities in Australia's northern outback has finally been captured, officials said Tuesday. Deutsche Welle, USA TODAY, "Giant 16.4-foot saltwater crocodile captured in Australia," 10 July 2018 Australian Outback Marathon The course is mostly flat—this is the outback after all—with a few sandy dunes to climb, offering a direct line of sight to Uluru (Ayers Rock) and the Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Rachel Levin, WSJ, "The Toughest Half-Marathon You’ll Want to Plan a Trip Around," 3 July 2018 Experience lush green rainforests and sparkling turquoise waters complimented by luxurious island resorts and remote outback stations. Stuart Rigg, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Australia," 5 Oct. 2016 The return sample capsule, which landed in the Australian outback in June 2010, carried 1500 particles of asteroid dust, despite glitches with the sample collection mechanism. Dennis Normile, Science | AAAS, "Japan’s new asteroid probe reaches its target after 3.2-billion-kilometer journey," 27 June 2018 His relatives knew Garcia was there that night and rushed to the property, zooming up Okeechobee into the desolate outback. David Ovalle, miamiherald, "Who shot the cockfight ref? Secret arena outside Miami was packed but nobody's talking," 12 June 2018 The narrative on the walls of your tent tells the story of the discoveries made by an early outback pioneer. Town & Country, "These Are the 83 Top Hotels Around the World," 6 Oct. 2016 With the help of DP Li Jinyang, Zhang evokes the eerie serenity of China’s provincial outback through extended sequence shots of the characters' trek across the wilderness. Clarence Tsui, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Pluto Moment' ('Ming Wang Xing Shi Ke'): Film Review | Cannes 2018," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of outback

1893, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of outback was in 1893

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