Definition of highland in English:

highland

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Pronunciation: /ˈhʌɪlənd
 
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noun

1 [mass noun] (also highlands) An area of high or mountainous land: the highlands of Madagascar [as modifier]: a highland region of Vietnam
More example sentences
  • Many areas of both the highlands and the lowlands supported very dense populations prior to the Roman invasion.
  • The topography is a mix of central highlands and peripheral foothills and plains.
  • Both regions enjoy long hot summers and, apart from highland areas like the Cevennes and Pyrennees, mild winters.
Synonyms
uplands, highlands, mountains, hills, heights, moors, hilly country, mountainous region; plateau, upland, tableland, mesa, elevated plain, ridge; Britishwolds
2 (the Highlands) The mountainous part of Scotland, to the north of Glasgow and Stirling, often associated with Gaelic culture: [as modifier]: a Highland regiment
2.1 (Highland) A council area of northern Scotland; administrative centre, Inverness.

Origin

Old English hēahlond 'a high promontory' (see high, land).

Derivatives

highlander

noun
More example sentences
  • Explorers were followed by Christian missionaries intent on imposing Western political and economic practices and religious beliefs on the highlanders.
  • A smaller number of Peru's indigenous highlanders, probably about half a million, speak Aymará, the language of a tribe conquered by the Incas.
  • Conversely, the highlanders had never before seen people who lived beyond their mountain valleys and plains.

highlandman

noun (plural highlandmen)
More example sentences
  • Against so powerful a body resistance was hopeless; the invading army made a peaceful entry on 30th March, and, after passing through the town, encamped on the Queen's Links, where it was afterwards joined by five hundred highlandmen sent by Argyle.

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