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[hahy-luh n-der] /ˈhaɪ lən dər/
a Gael inhabiting the Highlands of Scotland.
a soldier of a Highland regiment.
(lowercase) an inhabitant of any highland region.
Origin of Highlander
1625-35; highland + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Which feels the cold most, the Highlander with his kilt and bare legs, or the Sassenach with his drawers and breeches?

    Where Art Begins Hume Nisbet
  • "He doesn't mind it no more than if he was a bolster," put in the Highlander.

    The Admiral's Caravan Charles E. Carryl
  • In thus giving chase to the red men the Highlander did not act with his wonted caution.

    The Thorogood Family R.M. Ballantyne
  • Lincoln and the Highlander were in favor of diplomacy in dealing with the invader.

  • They went in, passing the handsome Highlander playing the bagpipes at the door.

  • None but a Highlander would have counted it at all, but for them it sufficed.

    A Daughter of Raasay William MacLeod Raine
  • Lingeringly and lovingly the Highlander drew out the last strain and silently gave the minister his instrument.

  • “Surely, Tan, that will be wasted time,” objected the Highlander.

    The Buffalo Runners R.M. Ballantyne
  • Three things no person ever saw:—a Highlander's kneebuckle, a dead ass, a tinker's funeral.

  • Immeasurable was the astonishment of the Highlander when the gentlemen refused a dram.

    The Eagle Cliff R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for Highlander


a native of the Highlands of Scotland
a member of a Scottish Highland regiment
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Highlander

1630s, from Highland + -er (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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