Definition of hinterland in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhɪntəland/


[usually in singular]
1The remote areas of a country away from the coast or the banks of major rivers: the hinterland of southern Italy
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  • The mountainous hinterland of the Gold Coast and northern NSW received exceptional falls, up to 600 mm within 24 hours.
  • We're in a Buddhist gompa in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland and the Venerable Tenzin Tsepal is leading a meditation.
  • If you follow the Otaoroa Road north of Waitara deep into the hinterland to the once remote Tarata settlement east of Inglewood, you will find the Tarata tunnel.
the back of beyond, the middle of nowhere, the backwoods, the wilds, the bush, remote areas, a backwater;
Australian/New Zealand  the outback, the back country, the backblocks, the booay;
South African  the backveld, the platteland
informal the sticks
North American informal the boondocks, the boonies, the tall timbers
Australian/New Zealand informal Woop Woop, beyond the black stump
1.1The area around or beyond a major town or port: a market town serving its rich agricultural hinterland
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  • The majority of services operate at least one day per week and travel from the rural hinterland into the local village or town.
  • One cannot get this impression so palpably in the rural hinterland and the towns closer to such areas.
  • Small market towns serviced the rural hinterland with a range of commercial and administrative services.
2An area lying beyond what is visible or known: the strange hinterland where life begins and ends
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  • I thought it occupied a strange hinterland where it was possibly a bit too gruesome for kids, but a bit too cartoony for adults.
  • The Go-Betweens reside in a strange hinterland full of candyfloss and loneliness that hovers between critical adoration and public ignorance.
  • Methinks this begins the hinterland of MacKay's political career, and how well-deserved it is.


Late 19th century: from German, from hinter 'behind' + Land 'land'.

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