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[adjective in-luh nd; adverb, noun in-land, -luh nd]
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  1. pertaining to or situated in the interior part of a country or region: inland cities.
  2. British. domestic or internal: inland revenue.
  1. in or toward the interior of a country.
  1. the interior part of a country.

Origin of inland

before 950; Middle English, Old English; see in-1, land
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adjective (ˈɪnlənd)
  1. of, concerning, or located in the interior of a country or region away from a sea or border
  2. mainly British operating within a country or region; domestic; not foreign
noun (ˈɪnˌlænd, -lənd)
  1. the interior of a country or region
adverb (ˈɪnˌlænd, -lənd)
  1. towards or into the interior of a country or region
Derived Formsinlander, noun
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Word Origin and History for inland


Old English inn lond "land around the mansion of an estate," from in + land (n.). Meaning "interior parts of a country, remote from the sea or borders" is from 1570s. As an adjective, "of or pertaining to interior parts of a country," from 1550s.

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