Try Our Apps


Gobble up these 8 terms for eating


[hed-luh nd] /ˈhɛd lənd/
a promontory extending into a large body of water.
a strip of unplowed land at the ends of furrows or near a fence or border.
Origin of headland
before 1000; Middle English hedeland, Old English hēafodland. See head, land Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for headland
Historical Examples
  • This is on the headland of the Horse; for that is what "Penkevil" means.

    The Cornish Coast (South) Charles G. Harper
  • The noble Scyldings left the headland; homeward went the gold-friend of men.

    Beowulf Anonymous
  • He had a sincere regard for Harry and Julia, and was much pleased with headland, who took his jokes in most excellent part.

    Won from the Waves W.H.G. Kingston
  • The Silver Heron is at anchor in the bay beyond that headland.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • headland received a still more enthusiastic welcome from the old general, who quickly made his appearance.

    Won from the Waves W.H.G. Kingston
  • Beacons had been prepared on every hill and headland, and men were set to watch.

    Red Cap Tales Samuel Rutherford Crockett
  • "In the beginning it was purely a question of love, Mr. headland," responded the manager, gravely.

  • At Five Fingers, west of the headland; two leagues from here.

    Kilgorman Talbot Baines Reed
  • To-day, as they went up the lanes towards the headland, there were many excitements.

    A Fortunate Term Angela Brazil
  • I returned to the headland next day in the hope that I might see him again.

    The Shrieking Pit Arthur J. Rees
British Dictionary definitions for headland


(ˈhɛdlənd). a narrow area of land jutting out into a sea, lake, etc
(ˈhɛdˌlænd). a strip of land along the edge of an arable field left unploughed to allow space for machines
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for headland

Old English heafod lond "strip of land left unplowed at the edge of a field to leave room for the plow to turn," naturally identified with boundaries; see head (n.) + land (n.). Meaning "high cape, promontory" is from 1520s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Word Value for headland

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for headland