[hed-luh nd]


a promontory extending into a large body of water.
a strip of unplowed land at the ends of furrows or near a fence or border.

Origin of headland

before 1000; Middle English hedeland, Old English hēafodland. See head, land
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Related Words for headland

ridge, spit, promontory, peak, bluff, strip, cape, cliff, foreland, ness

Examples from the Web for headland

Historical Examples of headland

  • The noble Scyldings left the headland; homeward went the gold-friend of men.



  • That she has no inkling of our presence is proven, since she has cast anchor round the headland.

    The Sea-Hawk

    Raphael Sabatini

  • The Silver Heron is at anchor in the bay beyond that headland.

    The Sea-Hawk

    Raphael Sabatini

  • We recognised the headland, and looked at each other in the silence of dumb wonder.

  • Beacons had been prepared on every hill and headland, and men were set to watch.

    Red Cap Tales

    Samuel Rutherford Crockett

British Dictionary definitions for headland



(ˈhɛdlənd) a narrow area of land jutting out into a sea, lake, etc
(ˈhɛdˌlænd) a strip of land along the edge of an arable field left unploughed to allow space for machines
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Word Origin and History for headland

Old English heafod lond "strip of land left unplowed at the edge of a field to leave room for the plow to turn," naturally identified with boundaries; see head (n.) + land (n.). Meaning "high cape, promontory" is from 1520s.

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