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[hahy-luh n-der] /ˈhaɪ lən dər/
a Gael inhabiting the Highlands of Scotland.
a soldier of a Highland regiment.
(lowercase) an inhabitant of any highland region.
Origin of Highlander
First recorded in 1625-35; highland + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • But the Highlander had resources in these seasons which the mechanic has not.

  • All the world knows that it is ill taking the breeks off a Highlander.

    Soldiers Three, Part II. Rudyard Kipling
  • I never saw a Highlander, and father didn't take me to Scotland with him.

    Despair's Last Journey David Christie Murray
  • "But ye will not speak the word," said the Highlander, coolly.

    Red Cap Tales Samuel Rutherford Crockett
  • But the Highlander who had been so ready on the Bailie's behalf was now nowhere to be found.

    Red Cap Tales Samuel Rutherford Crockett
  • It is a perfect model of what the head of a Highlander should be.

    Cattle and Cattle-breeders William M'Combie
  • And there was a dear young Highlander also, a most gentle, shy youth.

  • The elder Highlander moaned from time to time in his sleep, but had not stirred for some while.

    Fort Amity Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • The Highlander saluted in the darkness, "Any word from up yonder, sir?"

    Fort Amity Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • A Highlander, who sold brooms, went into a barber's shop in Glasgow to get shaved.

    The Jest Book Mark Lemon
British Dictionary definitions for Highlander


a native of the Highlands of Scotland
a member of a Scottish Highland regiment
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Highlander

1630s, from Highland + -er (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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