[hahy-luh n-der]

Origin of Highlander

First recorded in 1625–35; highland + -er1
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Historical Examples of highlander

  • But the Highlander had resources in these seasons which the mechanic has not.

  • All the world knows that it is ill taking the breeks off a Highlander.

  • I never saw a Highlander, and father didn't take me to Scotland with him.

    Despair's Last Journey

    David Christie Murray

  • "But ye will not speak the word," said the Highlander, coolly.

    Red Cap Tales

    Samuel Rutherford Crockett

  • But the Highlander who had been so ready on the Bailie's behalf was now nowhere to be found.

    Red Cap Tales

    Samuel Rutherford Crockett

British Dictionary definitions for highlander


  1. a native of the Highlands of Scotland
  2. a member of a Scottish Highland regiment
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Word Origin and History for highlander



1630s, from Highland + -er (1).

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