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mainland 1

Syllabification: main·land
Pronunciation: /ˈmānˌland/
/ˈmānlənd/

noun

A large continuous extent of land that includes the greater part of a country or territory, as opposed to offshore islands and detached territories.
Example sentences
  • For the same reasons sanctuaries were sited at the tip of capes or peninsulas or on an island close to the mainland.
  • This was a deeply formative experience, dividing the fate of the island from the mainland.
  • It seemed the wind was so strong the island would be blown crashing into the shores of the mainland.

Derivatives

mainlander

1
Pronunciation: /ˈmānˌlandər/ /ˈmānləndər/
noun
Example sentences
  • The rise in retail activity was based on an increase from both the influx of mainlanders as well as domestic spending.
  • Newly affluent mainlanders are snapping up everything from Philippine pineapples to Japanese sedans.
  • Hakka make up approximately 1.7 percent, while mainlanders make up about 15 percent of Taiwan's population.

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Mainland 2 Syllabification: Main·land
Pronunciation: /ˈmānlənd/ /-ˌland/
1The largest island in the Orkney Islands.
2The largest island in the Shetland Islands.

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