Definition of heartland in English:

heartland

noun

also heartlands
  • 1The central or most important part of a country, area, or field of activity.

    ‘wildlife sites in the heartland of Russia’
    • ‘It seems that forked blades might have first originated in Sanxingdui and were exported eastward to the central heartland.’
    • ‘During the prime of the Roman Republic, roughly the last two centuries B.C., it served as a northern boundary protecting the heartland of Italy and the city of Rome from its own imperial armies.’
    • ‘How did a former potato field in the English heartland come to be the site of four of the past five European Ryder Cups?’
    • ‘When reinforcements streamed from the heartland of Tavisnane to support beleaguered garrisons, the people of the towns and cities they left behind rose up to reclaim their walls.’
    • ‘Carty's work had taken him to many homes throughout the rural heartlands of the electoral area over many years.’
    • ‘Such urban novels were doubly marginalised, as Scottish within a British context, and as urban within a context which identified rural, Gaelic and Scots-speaking areas as the heartland of the nation.’
    • ‘It was Namangani's first attempt to strike out from his mountain hideouts to the strategic heartland of Central Asia, the fertile, densely populated Ferghana Valley basin.’
    • ‘Africans tended to retain reserves in the heartlands of their old, conquered chiefdoms - the areas most suitable for their systems of agricultural and pastoral production.’
    • ‘It has been greatest in the ancient heartlands of civilization in the Mediterranean Basin, western and central Asia, and China, and least in the polar desert.’
    • ‘Why, in the heartland of Central Canada, where trains are allegedly a reasonable means of transportation, aren't train stations not dives?’
    • ‘The period saw the establishment of Arab Muslim rule over the heartlands of the Middle East and preparation for conquests and expansion carried out under subsequent dynasties.’
    • ‘The Cameronian heartlands were to be one of the first areas to experience ‘Improvement’.’
    • ‘How did there come to be so many Buddhists living in Kalmykia, an Ireland-sized region on Europe's eastern edge, thousands of miles from the religion's Asian heartland?’
    • ‘Each of these powers flourished in a Mackinder heartland (the core area of Eurasia) and saw its destiny in mercantilist imperial expansion.’
    • ‘The rich and layered contemporary soundscapes owe less to the Celtic fringes than to England's northern heartlands.’
    • ‘For most of the past two millennia, the carpet heartlands have been in turmoil, raked by battles, invasions and migrations.’
    • ‘The 2003 challenge in areas ranging from urban heartlands to rural outposts attracted record entries of almost 100.’
    • ‘It could mean only one thing: that the forces of the revolution were going for another big push, in the hope of bursting through the strong Army lines of the region and storming the heartlands of Trace.’
    • ‘‘The Taliban has lost its morale,’ he said, speaking by satellite phone from the heartlands of Zabul province, a Taliban redoubt.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, American intelligence has not yet detected signs of coordination between the Sunni rebellion in Iraq's heartland and the Shiite insurgency.’
    1. 1.1 The centre of support for a belief or movement.
      ‘the heartland of the rebel cause’
      • ‘None of the council's four Sunni members represents the rural areas of the Sunni heartland.’
      • ‘That said, there were also areas of the Sunni heartland where turn-out was scarce and intimidation appeared to have won.’
      • ‘The Liberal Democrats are to make a dramatic move to seize support in Labour's heartlands by proposing that all charges for NHS care be scrapped.’
      • ‘He told reporters in Southampton, a key area in the Lib Dems' southern heartlands, that the policies ‘are all designed to increase support for the family and maintain the central role of the family in society’.’
      • ‘Party insiders admit the party will struggle to hold on to its heartlands in areas like Birmingham and Tyneside.’
      • ‘It is a hit not just in the liberal areas but also in the so called heartlands of Republicanism.’
      • ‘The Conservative-controlled council laid the blame squarely at the feet of the Government, which it accused of switching money to Labour heartlands in the Midlands and the North.’
      • ‘Deserts and mountains divided China from the Buddhist heartlands.’
      • ‘The people of republican and nationalist heartlands do not deserve to be occupied by the British Army.’
      • ‘We are looking for gains in Labour's traditional heartlands, but also in other areas of Wales.’
      • ‘The industrial district of Setubal in southern Portugal was one of the heartlands of the country's revolution of 1974-5, which overthrew a military dictatorship.’
      • ‘He still edits Scotland's biggest-selling daily red-top with an enduring political clout in Labour's west coast and central belt heartlands.’
      • ‘The established churches may be dying back in Christianity's historic heartlands, but Jesus himself shows an astonishing ability to escape their confines and find a new life as an all-purpose 21st century guru.’
      • ‘This is an area that includes Tory heartlands and very rundown areas.’
      • ‘In particular he is worried at the impact a smoking ban would have in sports and social clubs in Labour's central belt heartlands.’
      • ‘During the late 1980s and the early to mid 1990s, the SNP was able to eat into Labour's heartlands by presenting itself in these areas as a socialist party standing in the traditions of Red Clydeside.’
      • ‘A strong partnership with trade unions is seen by many, particularly on the left of the SNP, as essential if the party is to build support in Labour's central belt heartlands and make the leap from opposition to government.’
      • ‘Across the opposition heartlands, people talk like this - and worse.’
      • ‘Critics claimed the changes shifted money away from wealthier, rural areas to poorer Labour heartlands in the inner-cities.’
      • ‘The really catastrophic collapse in Labour's vote took place in Labour's heartlands, the urban working-class areas.’

Pronunciation

heartland

/ˈhɑːtland/