a land or region of shadows, phantoms, unrealities, or uncertainties: the shadowland of imagination.

Origin of shadowland

First recorded in 1815–25; shadow + -land Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for shadowland

Historical Examples of shadowland

  • She knew that she was just a woman, after all, and he was a man, and the Dukedom had gone into shadowland.

  • We will follow soon the others who have gone to the Shadowland.

  • Reprinted from Shadowland, a magazine, by permission of the publishers and the author.

  • You see him only when the sunlight is on the face; you don't see him when he is in shadowland.


    Col. Wm. C. Hunter

  • Not a Doomsman set out upon his long journey to the shadowland but that a Southron was forced to bear him company.

    The Doomsman

    Van Tassel Sutphen

Word Origin and History for shadowland

also shadow-land, 1821, "abode of ghosts and spirits," from shadow (n.) + land (n.). From 1923 as "indeterminate place."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper