Definition of heartland in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhärtˌland/


1The central or most important part of a country, area, or field of activity.
Example sentences
  • The 2003 challenge in areas ranging from urban heartlands to rural outposts attracted record entries of almost 100.
  • Carty's work had taken him to many homes throughout the rural heartlands of the electoral area over many years.
  • Africans tended to retain reserves in the heartlands of their old, conquered chiefdoms - the areas most suitable for their systems of agricultural and pastoral production.
1.1The center of support for a belief or movement: the heartland of the rebel cause
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  • The Liberal Democrats are to make a dramatic move to seize support in Labour's heartlands by proposing that all charges for NHS care be scrapped.
  • This is an area that includes Tory heartlands and very rundown areas.
  • Party insiders admit the party will struggle to hold on to its heartlands in areas like Birmingham and Tyneside.
1.2 (the heartland) The central part of the US; the Midwest: a recession that battered the coasts while sparing the heartland
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  • And now it's hitting the airwaves for the very first time in the heartland, the Midwest and Southeast.
  • Democrats, they say, are hopelessly out of touch with the deep family values practiced by born-again Christians in the South and Midwestern heartland.
  • Indulge a little Midwestern fantasy: It may be the heartland of America - the Bible belt even - but Kansas City just got a bit, well, sexier.

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Syllabification: heart·land

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