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hinterland

[hin-ter-land] /ˈhɪn tərˌlænd/
noun
1.
Often, hinterlands. the remote or less developed parts of a country; back country:
The hinterlands are usually much more picturesque than the urban areas.
2.
the land lying behind a coastal region.
3.
an area or sphere of influence in the unoccupied interior claimed by the state possessing the coast.
4.
an inland area supplying goods, especially trade goods, to a port.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; < German: literally, hinder land, i.e., land behind
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hinterland

/ˈhɪntəˌlænd/
noun
1.
land lying behind something, esp a coast or the shore of a river
2.
remote or undeveloped areas of a country
3.
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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hinterland

n.

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

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Encyclopedia Article for hinterlands'

hinterland

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

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