Definition of hinterland in English:

hinterland

Syllabification: hin·ter·land
Pronunciation: /ˈhin(t)ərˌland
 
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(also hinterlands)

noun

1The often uncharted areas beyond a coastal district or a river’s banks: early settlers were driven from the coastal areas into the hinterland
More example sentences
  • Living standards have kept improving, but the gap in development is widening between the hinterland and coastal areas.
  • Tullow Stage School has now 130 students hailing from the Tullow area and its hinterland, ranging in ages from 3 to 16 years.
  • There were shipments of ore, food and arms to be delivered to the site of conflict from the Red Flight's hinterlands.
Synonyms
backwoods, backwater, wilds, wilderness, bush, back of beyond, backcountry
informal sticks, middle of nowhere, boondocks, boonies
Australian outback
1.1An area surrounding a town or port and served by it: the city had grown prosperous by exploiting its local western hinterland
More example sentences
  • 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: in the hinterland of his mind these things rose, dark and ominous
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

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