1. (used with a singular verb) a mountainous region in N Scotland, N of the Grampians.


  1. an elevated region; plateau: He moved to a highland far from the river.
  2. highlands, a mountainous region or elevated part of a country.


  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of highlands.


  1. a region in N Scotland, including a number of the Inner Hebrides. 9710 sq. mi. (25,148 sq. km).
  2. a city in NW Indiana, near Chicago.
  3. British. West Highland.

noun the Highlands

    1. the part of Scotland that lies to the northwest of the great fault that runs from Dumbarton to Stonehaven
    2. a smaller area consisting of the mountainous north of Scotland: distinguished by Gaelic culture
  1. (often not capital) the highland region of any country


  1. relatively high ground
  2. (modifier) of or relating to a highland


  1. a council area in N Scotland, formed in 1975 (as Highland Region) from Caithness, Sutherland, Nairnshire, most of Inverness-shire, and Ross and Cromarty except for the Outer Hebrides. Administrative centre: Inverness. Pop: 209 080 (2003 est). Area: 25 149 sq km (9710 sq miles)
  2. (modifier) of, relating to, or denoting the Highlands of Scotland

Old English heohlond; see high (adj.) + land (n.). Highlands “mountainous district of Scotland” first recorded early 15c.

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