[hahrt-land, -luh nd]


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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  • It was the only area of the heartland—except for the top level casinos—open to every citizen without restriction.

    The Cartels Jungle

    Irving E. Cox, Jr.

British Dictionary definitions for heartland



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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