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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.
1885-90; < German: literally, hinder land, i.e., land behind Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hinterlands
  • Into the smoking hot cities flows all manner of resources from the hinterlands.
  • At headquarters, agents had been more discreet than their colleagues in the hinterlands.
  • It's a debate that plays out in the statistical hinterlands.
  • And between that you've got the huge hinterlands of two-, three-story architecture.
  • Hey, it takes awhile for all the fashions to trickle into the hinterlands.
  • So, even if something did exist, it did not necessarily get to the hinterlands.
  • The spread of prosperity into the hinterlands, through flows in trade and investment, underpin the dream of integration.
  • Few cities can now expect to dominate their hinterlands simply by virtue of being big.
  • Terrorism can go anywhere where there is not strong government, or government that cannot control its hinterlands.
  • We were some of the first foreigners to venture into the hinterlands for a bike touring trip.
British Dictionary definitions for hinterlands


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 hinterlands



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

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Encyclopedia Article for hinterlands


tributary region, either rural or urban or both, that is closely linked economically with a nearby town or city.

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