Definitions for hinterlandˈhɪn tərˌlænd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

hin•ter•landˈhɪn tərˌlænd(n.)

  1. Often, hinterlands. the remote or less developed parts of a country; back country.

  2. the land lying behind a coastal region.

  3. an inland area supplying goods, esp. trade goods, to a port.

Origin of hinterland:

1885–90; < G: lit., hinder land, i.e., land behind

Princeton's WordNet

  1. backwoods, back country, boondocks, hinterland(noun)

    a remote and undeveloped area


  1. hinterland(Noun)

    The land immediately next to, and inland from, a coast.

  2. hinterland(Noun)

    The rural territory surrounding an urban area, especially a port.

  3. hinterland(Noun)

    A remote or undeveloped area, a backwater.

  4. hinterland(Noun)

    Anything vague or ill-defined, especially one that is ill understood.


  1. Hinterland

    The hinterland is the land or district behind a coast or the shoreline of a river. Specifically, by the doctrine of the hinterland, the word is applied to the inland region lying behind a port, claimed by the state that owns the coast. The area from which products are delivered to a port for shipping elsewhere is that port's hinterland. The term is also used to refer to the area around a city or town.

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the district lying inland from the coast.

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