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Highlands

[hahy-luh ndz] /ˈhaɪ ləndz/
noun
1.
(used with a singular verb) a mountainous region in N Scotland, N of the Grampians.

highland

[hahy-luh nd] /ˈhaɪ lənd/
noun
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.
adjective
3.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of highlands.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English hēahlond. See high, land
Synonyms
1. uplands, heights, mesa, tableland.

Highland

[hahy-luh nd] /ˈhaɪ lənd/
noun
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.
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  • The north of the country consists mostly of savanna and semiarid Highlands.
British Dictionary definitions for Highlands

Highlands

/ˈhaɪləndz/
noun the Highlands
1.
  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
2.
(often not capital) the highland region of any country

highland

/ˈhaɪlənd/
noun
1.
relatively high ground
2.
(modifier) of or relating to a highland
Derived Forms
highlander, noun

Highland

/ˈhaɪlənd/
noun
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
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Word Origin and History for Highlands

highland

n.

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

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Encyclopedia Article for Highlands

major physiographic and cultural division of Scotland, lying northwest of a line drawn from Dumbarton, near the head of the Firth of Clyde on the western coast, to Stonehaven, on the eastern coast. The western offshore islands of the Inner and Outer Hebrides and Arran and Bute are sometimes included in the division. The northern portion of the Highlands lies within the Highland council area, while the southern portion belongs to the council areas of Argyll and Bute, Stirling, Perth and Kinross, Angus, Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen City, and Moray. Gaelic customs and language survive in the Highlands.

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Highland

council area in northern Scotland, forming the northernmost extension of the Scottish mainland between the Atlantic Ocean in the west and the North Sea in the east. It extends from the northern Grampian Mountains in the south to the Pentland Firth (which separates it from the Orkney Islands) in the north, and it includes several islands of the Inner Hebrides, including Skye and the Small Islands. It encompasses the historic counties of Caithness, Sutherland, and Nairnshire, the historic region of Ross and Cromarty, the historic county of Inverness-shire (except for the parts of Ross and Cromarty and Inverness-shire that lie in the Outer Hebrides), and parts of the historic counties of Moray and Argyllshire. The Highland council area comprises the northern portion of the Scottish Highlands. Highland, the largest administrative unit in the United Kingdom, covers nearly one-third of Scotland's total area, but, with less than one-twentieth of Scotland's population, it has the lowest population density in the United Kingdom. Inverness is the council area's administrative centre

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