out·​back | \ ˈau̇t-ˈbak How to pronounce outback (audio) , -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
Recent Examples on the Web Dozens of wild horses died during an extreme heat wave in Australia’s outback in January 2019. Washington Post, 6 Aug. 2021 The film told the story of Chris McCandless (played by Emile Hirsch), who flees the trappings of modern society after his college graduation to thumb rides, paddle down the Colorado River and eventually land in the Alaskan outback. Washington Post, 19 Aug. 2021 Mojave Desert has always been a refuge for people who resent outside interference — an independent-minded outback of sagebrush plains, volcanic spires and Joshua trees. Los Angeles Times, 11 July 2021 Also known as Australotitan cooperensis, or Australotitan for short, the basketball court-length dinosaur’s remains were first found and excavated in the outback of Queensland in 2006 and 2007. Washington Post, 8 June 2021 Queensland’s outback is made up of largely flat plains, which can make finding dinosaur remains comparatively trickier than in mountainous or other terrains where earth more easily erodes and fossils are exposed. Washington Post, 8 June 2021 Last year, a seven-hour Qantas flight over the Great Barrier Reef and Australian outback sold out in just 10 minutes. Meena Thiruvengadam, Travel + Leisure, 13 May 2021 In 1930s Australia, a young aboriginal man named Gutjuk (Jacob Junior Nayinggul) who wants to save the last of his family is forced to track down his uncle, a fearsome warrior causing trouble in the outback. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 13 May 2021 For a boreal outback long on solitude, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness was a busy place last year. Jennifer Bjorhus, Star Tribune, 27 Apr. 2021

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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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“Outback.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outback. Accessed 28 Sep. 2021.

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