waste·​land ˈwāst-ˌland How to pronounce wasteland (audio)
 also  -lənd
: barren or uncultivated land
a desert wasteland
: an ugly often devastated or barely inhabitable place or area
: something (such as a way of life) that is spiritually and emotionally arid and unsatisfying

Examples of wasteland in a Sentence

The outskirts of the city became a grim industrial wasteland. That part of the country is a cultural wasteland. the vast wasteland of television
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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of wasteland was in the 14th century

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“Wasteland.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wasteland. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


waste·​land ˈwāst-ˌland How to pronounce wasteland (audio)
: land that is not cultivated or not fit for the cultivation of crops
: an ugly often ruined place or area

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