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[hin-ter-land] /ˈhɪn tərˌlænd/
Often, hinterlands. the remote or less developed parts of a country; back country:
The hinterlands are usually much more picturesque than the urban areas.
the land lying behind a coastal region.
an area or sphere of influence in the unoccupied interior claimed by the state possessing the coast.
an inland area supplying goods, especially trade goods, to a port.
Origin of hinterland
1885-90; < German: literally, hinder land, i.e., land behind Unabridged
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  • But as it grows richer, wages will rise in the hinterland, too.
  • Infrastructure linking coast and hinterland is grossly inadequate.
  • He is the only candidate who is well-known and has a party machine that can reach voters in the roadless hinterland.
  • But he was no stranger to pressure, and seemingly had a strong personal hinterland to help him cope with it.
  • The agriculture ministry suggested sending the jobless to the hinterland to work on farms and fisheries.
  • Moreover, the technological transformation is spreading far into the hinterland.
  • But there is a vast hinterland where costs are still low.
  • As a result, countries along the coast and in its hinterland have some of the highest communications costs in the world.
  • Cities that are supplied to their rural hinterland and from which people can come and go.
  • Moving data centers into the hinterland makes a lot of sense in some ways, but there are other considerations.
British Dictionary definitions for hinterland


land lying behind something, esp a coast or the shore of a river
remote or undeveloped areas of a country
an area located near and dependent on a large city, esp a port
Word Origin
C19: from German, from hinter behind + landland; see hinder²
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Word Origin and History for hinterland

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

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