[ hahy-luh ndz ]
/ ˈhaɪ ləndz /


(used with a singular verb) a mountainous region in N Scotland, N of the Grampians.


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Definition for highlands (2 of 3)

[ hahy-luhnd ]
/ ˈhaɪ lənd /


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

Definition for highlands (3 of 3)

[ hahy-luh nd ]
/ ˈhaɪ lənd /


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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British Dictionary definitions for highlands (1 of 3)

/ (ˈhaɪləndz) /

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
(often not capital) the highland region of any country

British Dictionary definitions for highlands (2 of 3)

/ (ˈhaɪlənd) /


relatively high ground
(modifier) of or relating to a highland

Derived forms of highland

highlander, noun

British Dictionary definitions for highlands (3 of 3)

/ (ˈhaɪlənd) /


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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