- (used with a singular verb) a mountainous region in N Scotland, N of the Grampians.
- an elevated region; plateau: He moved to a highland far from the river.
- highlands, a mountainous region or elevated part of a country.
- of, relating to, or characteristic of highlands.
Origin of highland
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1. uplands, heights, mesa, tableland.
- a region in N Scotland, including a number of the Inner Hebrides. 9710 sq. mi. (25,148 sq. km).
- a city in NW Indiana, near Chicago.
- British. West Highland.
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Examples from the Web for highlands
I had to pause for sheep crossing the road, which is a common occurrence when driving through the Highlands of Scotland.A Whisky Connoisseur Remembers That First Sip of The Macallan
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At least 50,000 families in the Andean highlands rely on herding alpaca for income and to sustain themselves.Put Down That Cashmere. There’s a New Luxury Wool in Town
December 2, 2013
I think the most unique experience at Highlands—maybe at all of Aspen—is a trip up to Highlands Bowl.Olympians Dish on Their Favorite Spots to Ski & Snowboard
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October 26, 2013
From that same part of the world, not far from the Highlands, we get the word OE, a whirlwind off OF the Faroe Islands.National Scrabble Day: A Poem So You’ll Know All 101 Two-Letter Words
April 13, 2013
Yet in the highlands where the Minangkabau culture remains strongest, change seems further off.Islam’s Secret Feminists
September 4, 2011
In the highlands they are now-and-then to met with, and there they quite resemble ours.The History of Louisiana
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I will haul up for the highlands, and anchor under them, should it be necessary.Homeward Bound
James Fenimore Cooper
Everywhere they met signs of the parting of the ways in the Highlands.James Boswell
William Keith Leask
The entrance of The Highlands is thus unique in combining the three.The Colonial Architecture of Philadelphia
The Scottish Highlands are the exact opposite of these flat plains.War Letters of a Public-School Boy
- the part of Scotland that lies to the northwest of the great fault that runs from Dumbarton to Stonehaven
- a smaller area consisting of the mountainous north of Scotland: distinguished by Gaelic culture
- (often not capital) the highland region of any country
- relatively high ground
- (modifier) of or relating to a highland
- a council area in N Scotland, formed in 1975 (as Highland Region) from Caithness, Sutherland, Nairnshire, most of Inverness-shire, and Ross and Cromarty except for the Outer Hebrides. Administrative centre: Inverness. Pop: 209 080 (2003 est). Area: 25 149 sq km (9710 sq miles)
- (modifier) of, relating to, or denoting the Highlands of Scotland
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Word Origin and History for highlands
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