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outland

[noun out-land; adjective out-land, -luh nd] /noun ˈaʊtˌlænd; adjective ˈaʊtˌlænd, -lənd/
noun
1.
Usually, outlands. the outlying districts or remote regions of a country; provinces:
a name unknown in the outlands.
2.
(formerly) the outlying land of a feudal estate, usually granted to tenants.
3.
a foreign land.
adjective
4.
outlying, as districts.
5.
Origin of outland
950
before 950; Middle English; Old English ūtland. See out-, land
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Examples from the Web for outland
Historical Examples
  • Suffer it not that Brighteyes be cut down of northerners and outland men.

    Eric Brighteyes H. Rider Haggard
  • Might I trouble you, Sir, to tell us the nearest way to outland!

    Sylvie and Bruno Lewis Carroll
  • There has been no such Vice in outland for many a long year, as he would be!

    Sylvie and Bruno Lewis Carroll
  • So I suggested that he might do it by doubling the value of every coin and bank-note in outland.

    Sylvie and Bruno Lewis Carroll
  • The wedding was to have been this morning at ten in the outland King's cathedral.

    The Flower Princess

    Abbie Farwell Brown
  • They were singing some outland melody that was full of the surge of ocean breezes and the cries of the sea birds.

    The Golden Amazons of Venus John Murray Reynolds
  • No white man, much less no outland man of the other bush-tribes, had gazed upon the Red One and lived.

    The Red One Jack London
  • For if he be late, even by five minutes, the outland King has bargained that he must die.

    The Flower Princess

    Abbie Farwell Brown
  • The sails had filled with wind, and the vessel was moving ever so slowly towards outland.

    The Flower Princess

    Abbie Farwell Brown
  • Out yonder on the sea lies the ship of my son, the Prince, who has sailed for outland to bring home a bride.

    The Flower Princess

    Abbie Farwell Brown
British Dictionary definitions for outland

outland

adjective (ˈaʊtˌlænd; -lənd)
1.
outlying or distant
2.
(archaic) foreign; alien
noun (ˈaʊtˌlænd)
3.
(usually pl) the outlying areas of a country or region
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