up·​land | \ ˈəp-lənd How to pronounce upland (audio) , -ˌland \

Definition of upland

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : high land especially at some distance from the sea : plateau
2 : ground elevated above the lowlands along rivers or between hills


geographical name
Up·​land | \ ˈəp-lənd How to pronounce Upland (audio) \

Definition of Upland (Entry 2 of 2)

city in southern California west of San Bernardino population 73,732

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Other Words from upland


upland adjective
uplander \ ˈəp-​lən-​dər How to pronounce Upland (audio) , -​ˌlan-​ \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for upland

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of upland in a Sentence

Noun the animals huddled on the upland as the floodwater rose
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun By encouraging saltmarsh grasses and upland meadow plants in place of seawalls, piers, and foundations, DCR has reestablished a vibrant saltmarsh estuary that supports all manner of game fish as well as more than 200 species of birds. BostonGlobe.com, "Boston Harborwalk in four easy pieces," 28 Apr. 2021 Oaks divide roughly into upland and bottomland species, the former suited to difficult dry sites and the latter to areas that get soggy. Washington Post, "The sturdy, steadfast oak is the perfect tree for troubled times," 14 Apr. 2021 Restoration involves excavating about 8,700 cubic yards of infill to create new wetland and upland zones, the removal of invasive vegetation and the installation of a range of native plants to provide wildlife refuge, city officials said. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Oceanside gets $1 million for wetlands restoration," 9 Mar. 2021 Trainer Nicole Johnstone hunts ducks and upland birds with her Belgian Malinois, Rumor. Jennifer Wapenski, Outdoor Life, "How to Turn a Rescue Dog, a Couch-Potato Lab, or an Off-Breed Pup into a Hunting Dog," 5 Mar. 2021 What new human cosmos can be made Of this tempest of tears, this upland Of inconsolable jubilation? Nikky Finney, New York Times, "A New Day Dawns," 25 Feb. 2021 To name a few, game changers like A.J. DeRosa and Chet Hervey came together as the heads of The Northwoods Collective and Project Upland to tell new, authentic upland hunting stories in film. Durrell Smith, Outdoor Life, "It’s Time to Redefine What it Means to ‘Do Our Part’ as Hunters," 29 Dec. 2020 The hood and shoulders are reinforced with durable, water-repelling fabric, which comes in handy for late-season upland or rabbit hunts. Natalie Krebs, Outdoor Life, "The Ultimate Hunting Gift Guide for Women," 18 Nov. 2020 This younger and more modern crowd is breaking the stigma of upland hunting. Outdoor Life, "Upland Bird Hunting Is for Skaters, Punk-Rock Kids, and Everyone Else," 11 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of upland


1566, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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3 May 2021

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“Upland.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upland. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of upland

: a region of high land especially far from the sea


up·​land | \ ˈəp-lənd How to pronounce upland (audio) , -ˌland \

Kids Definition of upland

: high land usually far from a coast or sea

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