- any part of the earth's surface that can be owned as property, and everything annexed to it, whether by nature or by the human hand.
- any legal interest held in land.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of land
Related Words for landsestate, soil, terrain, home, earth, continent, ground, plot, district, area, field, homeland, territory, beach, province, parcel, countryside, acreage, tract, nation
Examples from the Web for lands
Contemporary Examples of lands
The king set about punishing Marshal, opposing his attempts to establish his family in their lands in Ireland and Wales.England’s Greatest Knight Puts ‘Game of Thrones’ to Shame
December 9, 2014
After checking out a few more varieties, she lands on one that feels close enough to home.Women Are Leading the Way for Legalized Weed
December 4, 2014
Construction is due to begin before the end of December, which means that lands will be taken, villages relocated.China’s Nicaragua Canal Could Spark a New Central America Revolution
November 30, 2014
The stream of bubbly from the popped champagne bottle creates an angelic arc over her, and lands right in the glass.Kim Kardashian Bares Her Shiny, Bounteous Butt, Breaks the Internet
November 12, 2014
Washington now found himself unable to even see the lands he was banking on to leave a lasting fortune.Washington’s Wheeler-Dealer Patriotism
October 31, 2014
Historical Examples of lands
They were the heroes of other lands; but have we not heroes also of our own?
In close connexion with the Survey and Lands Department is the topic of exploration.
Many were the messages of regard and condolence that came from other lands.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
She lies athwart the lands, and her shadow is over the seas.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Just now you spoke of your Essex lands in the fair Vale of Dedham as gone.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
- ground, esp with reference to its use, quality, etc
- (in combination)land-grabber
- any tract of ground capable of being owned as property, together with any buildings on it, extending above and below the surface
- any hereditament, tenement, or other interest; realty
- a country, region, or area
- the people of a country, etc
Word Origin for land
noun plural Länder (ˈlɛndər)
- any of the federal states of Germany
- any of the provinces of Austria
Old English land, lond, "ground, soil," also "definite portion of the earth's surface, home region of a person or a people, territory marked by political boundaries," from Proto-Germanic *landom (cf. Old Norse, Old Frisian Dutch, German, Gothic land), from PIE *lendh- "land, heath" (cf. Old Irish land, Middle Welsh llan "an open space," Welsh llan "enclosure, church," Breton lann "heath," source of French lande; Old Church Slavonic ledina "waste land, heath," Czech lada "fallow land").
Etymological evidence and Gothic use indicates the original sense was "a definite portion of the earth's surface owned by an individual or home of a nation." Meaning early extended to "solid surface of the earth," which had been the sense of the root of Modern English earth. Original sense of land in English is now mostly found under country. To take the lay of the land is a nautical expression. In the American English exclamation land's sakes (1846) land is a euphemism for Lord.
"to bring to land," early 13c., from land (n.). Originally of ships; of fish, in the angling sense, from 1610s; hence figurative sense of "to obtain" (a job, etc.), first recorded 1854. Of aircraft, attested from 1916. Related: Landed; landing.
In addition to the idioms beginning with land
- land in
- land on
- land up
- cloud-cuckoo land
- fall (land) on one's feet
- fat of the land
- la-la land
- lay of the land
- never-never land