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hinterland

[hin-ter-land]
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noun
  1. Often hinterlands. the remote or less developed parts of a country; back country: The hinterlands are usually much more picturesque than the urban areas.
  2. the land lying behind a coastal region.
  3. an area or sphere of influence in the unoccupied interior claimed by the state possessing the coast.
  4. 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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  • The hinterland of the Province of Ungava is also a Canadian possession.

    A Labrador Doctor

    Wilfred Thomason Grenfell

  • There is no word of the 'hinterland,' for neither the term nor the idea had then been thought of.

    The War in South Africa

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • It remains to be seen how Zadar and the hinterland will serve two masters.

  • I hope some day, if I live, to deal faithfully with Aden's hinterland policy.

    Pan-Islam

    George Wyman Bury

  • And she had never been with him after death; that had been a mirage in the hinterland of the mind.

    The Wind Bloweth

    Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne


British Dictionary definitions for hinterland

hinterland

noun
  1. land lying behind something, esp a coast or the shore of a river
  2. remote or undeveloped areas of a country
  3. an area located near and dependent on a large city, esp a port
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Word Origin

C19: from German, from hinter behind + land land; see hinder ²
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Word Origin and History for hinterland

n.

1890, from German Hinterland, from hinter "behind" (see hinder (adj.)) + Land "land" (see land (n.)).

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