ta·​ble·​land ˈtā-bə(l)-ˌland How to pronounce tableland (audio)
: a broad level elevated area : plateau

Examples of tableland in a Sentence

to the east of the valley lies a vast, fertile tableland
Recent Examples on the Web It's located on the Cumberland Plateau — a 450-mile tableland that covers much of eastern Kentucky and Tennessee, with soaring sandstone walls, large boulders, and dramatic overhangs. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 22 July 2023 Schuerman Mountain rises in west Sedona, a high tableland that offers commanding views of gaudier formations. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 5 Mar. 2021 Their concerns center on Black Mesa, a tableland that rises north of the Hopi villages and that lies partly in the Navajo Reservation and partly in the Hopi Reservation. Ian James,, 7 Dec. 2020 Lubbock, with its elevation reaching to some 3,400 feet, sits high atop caprock tableland that tapers slowly to the southeast toward Fort Worth and Dallas. Mary Ann Anderson, Twin Cities, 20 July 2019 Alexandra and Yongden decided to walk knee-deep into the tableland ahead of them. Ailsa Ross, Longreads, 9 Aug. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1672, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tableland was in 1672

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“Tableland.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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