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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  • 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.


    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



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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Word Origin and History for hinterland

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

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