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

Examples of outback in a Sentence

people who live in the Australian outback tend to be self-sufficient
Recent Examples on the Web Flinders Food Co This rustic outback eatery has all the verve and style of an urban cafe. Justin Meneguzzi, Travel + Leisure, 16 June 2024 More than 540 million years ago, what is now South Australia’s outback was part of the continent’s thundering coastline. Justin Meneguzzi, Travel + Leisure, 16 June 2024 Like the other films, this one is set in the Australian outback, ravaged by apocalypse. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 17 May 2024 The rock dating and magnetic analyses were elaborate, with fourteen weeks of sampling and camping in the Australian outback in 2013 and 2014, followed by years of lab work. Howard Lee, Ars Technica, 16 Aug. 2023 See all Example Sentences for outback 

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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 16 Jul. 2024.

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