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[hahrt-land, -luh nd] /ˈhɑrtˌlænd, -lənd/
the part of a region considered essential to the viability and survival of the whole, especially a central land area relatively invulnerable to attack and capable of economic and political self-sufficiency.
any central area, as of a state, nation, or continent:
a vineyard in California's heartland.
Origin of heartland
1900-05; heart + land Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The health of the heartland is vital to the country as a whole.
  • Here in the heartland, it is the heart of tornado season.
  • Instead it will emphasise the heartland values of family and practicality.
  • But if you want to settle down with a partner, the suburbs and the heartland beckon.
  • In the tech heartland, this is the ultimate compliment.
  • Most alarmingly for the president, his popularity is tottering even in his heartland.
British Dictionary definitions for heartland


the central region of a country or continent
the core or most vital area: the industrial heartland of England
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Word Origin and History for heartland

1904, first recorded in geo-political writings of English geographer H.J. MacKinder (1861-1947), from heart in figurative sense "center, core" + land (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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