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[hin-ter-land] /ˈhɪn tərˌlænd/
Often, hinterlands. the remote or less developed parts of a country; back country:
The hinterlands are usually much more picturesque than the urban areas.
the land lying behind a coastal region.
an area or sphere of influence in the unoccupied interior claimed by the state possessing the coast.
an inland area supplying goods, especially trade goods, to a port.
Origin of hinterland
1885-90; < German: literally, hinder land, i.e., land behind Unabridged
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  • He develops and then drops the idea of a "hinterland," not only to the individual mind but to the general consciousness.

    H. G. Wells J. D. Beresford
  • It remains to be seen how Zadar and the hinterland will serve two masters.

  • And where there isn't that spiritual underneath, without a hinterland, love is pretty insecure.

    Fidelity Susan Glaspell
  • I hope some day, if I live, to deal faithfully with Aden's hinterland policy.

    Pan-Islam George Wyman Bury
  • Thus no progress has been made with the scheme for opening up the hinterland of British Guiana by a railway.

  • The hinterland of the Province of Ungava is also a Canadian possession.

    A Labrador Doctor Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
British Dictionary definitions for hinterland


land lying behind something, esp a coast or the shore of a river
remote or undeveloped areas of a country
an area located near and dependent on a large city, esp a port
Word Origin
C19: from German, from hinter behind + landland; see hinder²
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Word Origin and History for hinterland

1890, from German Hinterland, from hinter "behind" (see hinder (adj.)) + Land "land" (see land (n.)).

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