land·​locked | \ ˈland-ˌläkt How to pronounce landlocked (audio) \

Definition of landlocked

1 : enclosed or nearly enclosed by land a landlocked country
2 : confined to fresh water by some barrier landlocked salmon
3 : living or located away from the ocean a landlocked sailor

Examples of landlocked in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Philippines Niger, a landlocked nation in West Africa perhaps best known for its historical Saharan caravan cities, saw a big drop. Forrest Brown, CNN, 4 Jan. 2022 San Marino, another landlocked nation, opened a registry this year. Drew Hinshaw, WSJ, 10 Dec. 2021 For most of the 11 million people in this landlocked nation in east central Africa, one of the poorest countries on Earth, the coronavirus pandemic is not at the top of the list of problems. New York Times, 20 Nov. 2021 Just making it onto the 2021 World Happiness Report's top 10 ranking is Austria, a landlocked European nation known for its beautiful mountains, great skiing, and the artistic, musical city of Vienna (also the nation's capital). Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 23 Oct. 2021 The Taliban controls Afghanistan again, two decades after imposing its ruthless and repressive interpretation of Islamic Sharia law over the windswept, landlocked nation of nearly 40 million. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Aug. 2021 That is how a list of great resort courses ends up highlighting locations on both edges of Oregon, the windy coast of Wisconsin, the Nebraska prairie, the Missouri wilderness and the flat, landlocked expanse of central Florida. J. George Gorant, Robb Report, 2 Jan. 2022 In landlocked Laos, excluded from the maritime transport network that handles more than 80% of Southeast Asian trade with China, officials see the railway as the country’s best shot at fostering development. Ann Scott Tyson, The Christian Science Monitor, 20 Dec. 2021 Once Pangea was fully formed, that sea closed off, and Alabama became totally landlocked. Dennis Pillion |, al, 3 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of landlocked

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 Jan 2022

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“Landlocked.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of landlocked

: surrounded by land


land·​locked | \ ˈland-ˌläkt How to pronounce landlocked (audio) \

Kids Definition of landlocked

1 : shut in or nearly shut in by land a landlocked harbor
2 : kept from leaving fresh water by some barrier landlocked salmon

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