hinterland


hinterland

noun

  1. Often hinterlands. the remote or less developed parts of a country; back country: The hinterlands are usually much more picturesque than the urban areas.
  2. the land lying behind a coastal region.
  3. an area or sphere of influence in the unoccupied interior claimed by the state possessing the coast.
  4. an inland area supplying goods, especially trade goods, to a port.

noun

  1. land lying behind something, esp a coast or the shore of a river
  2. remote or undeveloped areas of a country
  3. an area located near and dependent on a large city, esp a port
n.

1890, from German Hinterland, from hinter “behind” (see hinder (adj.)) + Land “land” (see land (n.)).

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