[ adjective in-luh nd; adverb, noun in-land, -luh nd ]
/ adjective ˈɪn lənd; adverb, noun ˈɪnˌlænd, -lənd /


pertaining to or situated in the interior part of a country or region: inland cities.
British. domestic or internal: inland revenue.


in or toward the interior of a country.


the interior part of a country.

Nearby words

  1. inky cap,
  2. inky smudge,
  3. inla,
  4. inlace,
  5. inlaid,
  6. inland bill,
  7. inland empire,
  8. inland marine insurance,
  9. inland revenue,
  10. inland sea

Origin of inland

before 950; Middle English, Old English; see in-1, land Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for inland

British Dictionary definitions for inland


adjective (ˈɪnlənd)

of, concerning, or located in the interior of a country or region away from a sea or border
mainly British operating within a country or region; domestic; not foreign

noun (ˈɪnˌlænd, -lənd)

the interior of a country or region

adverb (ˈɪnˌlænd, -lənd)

towards or into the interior of a country or region
Derived Formsinlander, noun

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Word Origin and History for inland



Old English inn lond "land around the mansion of an estate," from in + land (n.). Meaning "interior parts of a country, remote from the sea or borders" is from 1570s. As an adjective, "of or pertaining to interior parts of a country," from 1550s.

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