Definition of wilderness
1a (1) : a tract or region uncultivated and uninhabited by human beings (2) : an area essentially undisturbed by human activity together with its naturally developed life communityb : an empty or pathless area or region in remote wildernesses of space groups of nebulae are found — G. W. Gray †1960c : a part of a garden devoted to wild growth
2 obsolete : wild or uncultivated state
3a : a confusing multitude or mass : an indefinitely great number or quantity I would not have given it for a wilderness of monkeys — William Shakespeareb : a bewildering situation those moral wildernesses of civilized life — Norman Mailer
Examples of wilderness in a Sentence
She enjoys hikes through the wilderness.
released the wolf back into the wilderness
Recent Examples of wilderness from the Web
According to the very serious Discovery Channel voice-over, these folks were born and raised far from civilization in the wilderness of Alaska.
Visits to a birch syrup maker, an oyster farm and the famous cooking school at Tutka Bay Lodge are interspersed with wilderness adventures including dog sledding on a glacier and wildlife watching.
These were the leaders among the pioneers that came to the wilderness and tamed it.
Two-On-One Date Kenny and Lee are air lifted to an undisclosed location in the Norwegian wilderness to duke it out for Rachel’s love.
North Manitou is known for the solitude of backcountry camping amid 15,000 acres of wilderness.
Nguyen had never camped out in the jungle, let alone spent days in the wilderness.
One of the best ways to access these trails, as well as the Bankhead National Forest, is through Wild South, an organization devoted to protecting and promoting Southern wilderness.
The focus of the first part of the tour was people’s connection to the wilderness and water.
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Origin and Etymology of wilderness
Middle English, from wildern wild, from Old English wilddēoren of wild beasts
First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
WILDERNESS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of wilderness for English Language Learners
: a wild and natural area in which few people live
WILDERNESS Defined for Kids
Definition of wilderness for Students
: an area in its natural state in which few or no people live
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