Definitions for mainlandˈmeɪnˌlænd, -lənd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

main•landˈmeɪnˌlænd, -lənd(n.)

  1. the principal land of a country, region, etc., as distinguished from adjacent islands or a peninsula.

Origin of mainland:

1325–75

Main•landˈmeɪnˌlænd, -lənd(n.)

  1. the largest of the Shetland Islands. 18,268; ab. 200 sq. mi. (520 sq. km).

    Category: Geography (places)

  2. Category: Geography (places)

    Ref: Pomona (def. 3). 3

Princeton's WordNet

  1. mainland(noun)

    the main land mass of a country or continent; as distinguished from an island or peninsula

Wiktionary

  1. mainland(Noun)

    The main landmass of a country or continent

  2. Origin: From . Compare mayn-land, magan-land, madin-land, meginland, meginland.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mainland(noun)

    the continent; the principal land; -- opposed to island, or peninsula

Freebase

  1. Mainland

    Mainland is a name given to a large landmass in a region, or to the largest of a group of islands in an archipelago. Sometimes its residents are called "Mainlanders". Because of its larger area, a mainland almost always has a much larger population than its associated islands, and mainlander culture and politics sometimes threaten to dominate those of the islands. Prominent uses of the term include: ⁕Mainland Argentina, as opposed to Tierra del Fuego. The term may be applied by Argentines to the British Overseas Territories of the Falkland Islands and South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, whose claim is disputed by Argentina. The use of 'mainland' in this context is discouraged by the people of the two territories, who class themselves as British citizens. ⁕Mainland Australia, as opposed to Tasmania. ⁕Mainland Britain:, as opposed to Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man. On the Isle of Wight in 1982, Paul Theroux overheard residents at Ventnor: "and now they were talking about 'the mainland', as if we were far at sea and not twenty minutes by ferry from Portsmouth". ⁕Mainland Canada, as opposed to Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, Cape Breton Island or Vancouver Island;

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'mainland' in Nouns Frequency: #2933


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

mainland(noun)

a large piece of land as compared with neighbouring islands

Britain is not part of the mainland of Europe.

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