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hinterland

[ hin-ter-land ]
/ ˈhɪn tərˌlænd /
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noun

Often hinterlands. the remote or less developed parts of a country; back country: The hinterlands are usually much more picturesque than the urban areas.
the land lying behind a coastal region.
an area or sphere of influence in the unoccupied interior claimed by the state possessing the coast.
an inland area supplying goods, especially trade goods, to a port.

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Origin of hinterland

1885–90; <German: literally, hinder land, i.e., land behind

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British Dictionary definitions for hinterland

hinterland
/ (ˈhɪntəˌlænd) /

noun

land lying behind something, esp a coast or the shore of a river
remote or undeveloped areas of a country
an area located near and dependent on a large city, esp a port

Word Origin for hinterland

C19: from German, from hinter behind + land land; see hinder ²
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