an elevated region; plateau: He moved to a highland far from the river.
highlands, a mountainous region or elevated part of a country.


of, relating to, or characteristic of highlands.

Origin of highland

before 1000; Middle English; Old English hēahlond. See high, land

Synonyms for highland

1. uplands, heights, mesa, tableland.


[hahy-luh nd]


a region in N Scotland, including a number of the Inner Hebrides. 9710 sq. mi. (25,148 sq. km).
a city in NW Indiana, near Chicago.
British. West Highland.
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Historical Examples of highland

  • Why should a novel about the Stock Exchange 'owe its inception' to a Highland lassie?

  • A "slogan," by the way, is the war cry or gathering cry of a Highland clan—but that makes no difference to a Commercial Club.

    Abroad at Home

    Julian Street

  • But Sunday evenings at Highland Hall were almost invariably harrowing.

    Girls of Highland Hall

    Carolyn Watson Rankin

  • Blanche had not felt so happy since 329she left the Highland strath as she did when she found herself riding by her father's side.


    Janet Milne Rae

  • "I wonder it was not a Highland one," her sister said, rather spitefully.

    Macleod of Dare

    William Black

British Dictionary definitions for highland



relatively high ground
(modifier) of or relating to a highland
Derived Formshighlander, noun



a council area in N Scotland, formed in 1975 (as Highland Region) from Caithness, Sutherland, Nairnshire, most of Inverness-shire, and Ross and Cromarty except for the Outer Hebrides. Administrative centre: Inverness. Pop: 209 080 (2003 est). Area: 25 149 sq km (9710 sq miles)
(modifier) of, relating to, or denoting the Highlands of Scotland
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Word Origin and History for highland

Old English heohlond; see high (adj.) + land (n.). Highlands "mountainous district of Scotland" first recorded early 15c.

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