[ hahrt-land, -luh nd ]
/ ˈhɑrtˌlænd, -lənd /


the part of a region considered essential to the viability and survival of the whole, especially a central land area relatively invulnerable to attack and capable of economic and political self-sufficiency.
any central area, as of a state, nation, or continent: a vineyard in California's heartland.

Origin of heartland

First recorded in 1900–05; heart + land
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British Dictionary definitions for heartland


/ (ˈhɑːtˌlænd) /


the central region of a country or continent
the core or most vital areathe industrial heartland of England
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Word Origin and History for heartland



1904, first recorded in geo-political writings of English geographer H.J. MacKinder (1861-1947), from heart in figurative sense "center, core" + land (n.).

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