[hahy-luh ndz]
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  1. an elevated region; plateau: He moved to a highland far from the river.
  2. highlands, a mountainous region or elevated part of a country.
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of highlands.

Origin of highland

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

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1. uplands, heights, mesa, tableland.


[hahy-luh nd]
  1. a region in N Scotland, including a number of the Inner Hebrides. 9710 sq. mi. (25,148 sq. km).
  2. a city in NW Indiana, near Chicago.
  3. British. West Highland.
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noun the Highlands
    1. the part of Scotland that lies to the northwest of the great fault that runs from Dumbarton to Stonehaven
    2. a smaller area consisting of the mountainous north of Scotland: distinguished by Gaelic culture
  1. (often not capital) the highland region of any country


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


  1. 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)
  2. (modifier) of, relating to, or denoting the Highlands of Scotland
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Word Origin and History for highlands



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

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