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[hed-luh nd] /ˈhɛd lənd/
a promontory extending into a large body of water.
a strip of unplowed land at the ends of furrows or near a fence or border.
Origin of headland
before 1000; Middle English hedeland, Old English hēafodland. See head, land Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The noble Scyldings left the headland; homeward went the gold-friend of men.

    Beowulf Anonymous
  • That she has no inkling of our presence is proven, since she has cast anchor round the headland.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • The Silver Heron is at anchor in the bay beyond that headland.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • We recognised the headland, and looked at each other in the silence of dumb wonder.

    The Mirror of the Sea Joseph Conrad
  • Beacons had been prepared on every hill and headland, and men were set to watch.

    Red Cap Tales Samuel Rutherford Crockett
  • At Five Fingers, west of the headland; two leagues from here.

    Kilgorman Talbot Baines Reed
  • I returned to the headland next day in the hope that I might see him again.

    The Shrieking Pit Arthur J. Rees
  • The headland is a bold block of white limestone stained with red.

    New Italian sketches John Addington Symonds
  • But the headland reached a greater height, and rose from the sea.

  • A moment later the march toward the headland was recommenced.

    The Camp in the Snow William Murray Graydon
British Dictionary definitions for headland


(ˈhɛdlənd). a narrow area of land jutting out into a sea, lake, etc
(ˈhɛdˌlænd). a strip of land along the edge of an arable field left unploughed to allow space for machines
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Word Origin and History for headland

Old English heafod lond "strip of land left unplowed at the edge of a field to leave room for the plow to turn," naturally identified with boundaries; see head (n.) + land (n.). Meaning "high cape, promontory" is from 1520s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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