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mainland

[meyn-land, -luh nd]
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noun
  1. the principal land of a country, region, etc., as distinguished from adjacent islands or a peninsula: the mainland of Greece.
  2. (in Hawaii) the 48 contiguous states of the U.S.
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Origin of mainland

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at main1, land

Mainland

[meyn-land, -luh nd]
noun
  1. the largest of the Shetland Islands. About 200 sq. mi. (520 sq. km).
  2. Pomona(def 3).
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mainland

noun
  1. the main part of a land mass as opposed to an island or peninsula
  2. the mainland a particular landmass as viewed from a nearby island with which it has close links, such as Great Britain as viewed from Northern Ireland or continental Australia as viewed from Tasmania
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Derived Formsmainlander, noun

Mainland

noun
  1. an island off N Scotland: the largest of the Shetland Islands. Chief town: Lerwick. Pop: 17 550 (2001). Area: about 583 sq km (225 sq miles)
  2. Also called: Pomona an island off N Scotland: the largest of the Orkney Islands. Chief town: Kirkwall. Pop: 15 315 (2001). Area: 492 sq km (190 sq miles)
  3. the Mainland NZ a South Islanders' name for South Island
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Word Origin and History for mainland

n.

c.1400, from main (adj.) + land (n.). Usually referring to continuous bodies of land and not islands or peninsulas. Related: Mainlander.

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