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Tuesday, July 31, 2001

Definitions for hinterland

  1. A region situated inland from a coast.
  2. A region remote from urban areas; backcountry.
  3. A region situated beyond the major metropolitan or cultural centers.

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Citations for hinterland
After the plains, I could see in my mind's eye the mountains of Bosnia emerging abruptly, shrouded by mist or haze. Clouds on rocks. Birds circling. The smell of pine and plum brandy. Beyond that the oleander and the heady, Dalmatian coast opening out like some lush dream from the backdrop of a stony hinterland. Roger Cohen, Hearts Grown Brutal: Sagas of Sarajevo
It is hard to imagine from within our cultural envelope, but try: You live in a country ruled by an elusive, all-powerful leader, where through no fault of your own you find yourself in an even more faraway corner, one bordering on sprawling prairie and desert hinterland. David M. Bethea, New York Times
Origin of hinterland
Hinterland comes from German Hinterland, "the land behind (the coast)," from hinter, "behind" (from Middle High German, from Old High German hintar) + Land, "land" (from Middle High German lant, from Old High German).