- 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.
Origin of hinterland
1885–90; < German: literally, hinder land, i.e., land behind
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Examples from the Web for hinterland
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Would it sever a future Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem from its West Bank hinterland?Disingenuous Defenses of Netanyahu's Settlement Plans
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It was necessary to cleanse the hinterland and cleanse the border areas and cleanse the main roads.Of Herrings and Elephants: Benny Morris and "Palestinian Rejectionism"
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The hinterland of the Province of Ungava is also a Canadian possession.A Labrador Doctor
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There is no word of the 'hinterland,' for neither the term nor the idea had then been thought of.The War in South Africa
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It remains to be seen how Zadar and the hinterland will serve two masters.The Birth of Yugoslavia, Volume 2
I hope some day, if I live, to deal faithfully with Aden's hinterland policy.Pan-Islam
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And she had never been with him after death; that had been a mirage in the hinterland of the mind.The Wind Bloweth
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- 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
C19: from German, from hinter behind + land land; see hinder ²
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Word Origin and History for hinterland
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