- any part of the earth's surface that can be owned as property, and everything annexed to it, whether by nature or by the human hand.
- any legal interest held in land.
Idioms about land
Origin of land
OTHER WORDS FROM landlandlike, adjectivere·land, verbun·der·land, noun
Other definitions for land (2 of 3)
Other definitions for land (3 of 3)
WORDS THAT USE -LAND
What does -land mean?
The combining form –land is used like a suffix meaning “land.” It is occasionally used in everyday and technical terms.
The form –land comes from Old English.
Examples of -land
An example of a word you may have encountered that features –land is borderland, “land forming a border or frontier.”
The border– portion of the word means, literally, “border,” from Middle English bordure. As we have seen, the suffix –land means “land.” Borderland literally means “land on the border.”
What are some words that use the combining form –land?
- mainland (using the equivalent form of –land in Middle English)
What are some other forms that –land may be commonly confused with?
Not every word that ends with the exact letters –land, such as bland, is necessarily using the combining form –land to denote “land.” Learn why bland means “dull” at our entry for the word.
Break it down!
Given the meaning of the combining form –land, what does lowland mean?
How to use land in a sentence
For every nanosecond that I miraculously lift off the ground, I land with an inordinately loud thud.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze|Lizzie Crocker|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
It was supposed to land in Singapore at 8:57 a.m. local time.The Presumed Crash of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 Is Nothing Like MH370|Lennox Samuels|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Federal Duck Stamp Act raised the fee on stamps needed to hunt waterfowl on federal land from $15 to $25.Nazis, Sunscreen, and Sea Gull Eggs: Congress in 2014 Was Hella Productive|Ben Jacobs|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In this American dream, we are emotionally tied to the people and land of our communities.Will Texas Stay Texan?|David Fontana|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Chickens require significantly less land, water, and energy than all other meat options except farmed salmon.The History of the Chicken: How This Humble Bird Saved Humanity|William O’Connor|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Then with your victorious legions you can march south and help drive the Yankee invaders from the land.The Courier of the Ozarks|Byron A. Dunn
It is a lofty and richly-decorated pile of the fourteenth century; and tells of the labours and the wealth of a foreign land.
Worst danger zone, the open sea, now traversed, but on land not yet out of the wood.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
It was more like the boarding of a ship than any land fight I had ever seen or imagined.
We see the whole land, even if but at a distance, instead of being limited merely to the spot where our foot treads.Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
British Dictionary definitions for land (1 of 3)
- ground, esp with reference to its use, quality, etc
- (in combination)land-grabber
- any tract of ground capable of being owned as property, together with any buildings on it, extending above and below the surface
- any hereditament, tenement, or other interest; realty
- a country, region, or area
- the people of a country, etc
Derived forms of landlandless, adjectivelandlessness, noun
Word Origin for land
British Dictionary definitions for land (2 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for land (3 of 3)
- any of the federal states of Germany
- any of the provinces of Austria
Other Idioms and Phrases with land
In addition to the idioms beginning with land
- land in
- land on
- land up
- cloud-cuckoo land
- fall (land) on one's feet
- fat of the land
- la-la land
- lay of the land
- never-never land