[noun out-land; adjective out-land, -luh nd]


Usually outlands. the outlying districts or remote regions of a country; provinces: a name unknown in the outlands.
(formerly) the outlying land of a feudal estate, usually granted to tenants.
a foreign land.


outlying, as districts.

Origin of outland

before 950; Middle English; Old English ūtland. See out-, land
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Examples from the Web for outland

Historical Examples of outland

  • Suffer it not that Brighteyes be cut down of northerners and outland men.

    Eric Brighteyes

    H. Rider Haggard

  • Might I trouble you, Sir, to tell us the nearest way to Outland!

    Sylvie and Bruno

    Lewis Carroll

  • There has been no such Vice in Outland for many a long year, as he would be!

    Sylvie and Bruno

    Lewis Carroll

  • So I suggested that he might do it by doubling the value of every coin and bank-note in Outland.

    Sylvie and Bruno

    Lewis Carroll

  • The wedding was to have been this morning at ten in the Outland King's cathedral.

    The Flower Princess

    Abbie Farwell Brown

British Dictionary definitions for outland


adjective (ˈaʊtˌlænd, -lənd)

outlying or distant
archaic foreign; alien

noun (ˈaʊtˌlænd)

(usually plural) the outlying areas of a country or region
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