Definition of highland in English:



  • 1also highlandsmass noun An area of high or mountainous land.

    ‘the highlands of Madagascar’
    as modifier ‘a highland region of Vietnam’
    • ‘The traditional homeland of the Amhara people is the central highland plateau of Ethiopia.’
    • ‘The coastal population is thinly clustered in villages, but over one-third of the total population live in highland valleys.’
    • ‘The highlands have rugged terrain that is difficult to cultivate.’
    • ‘These insects are found in rain forests, highlands, and deserts such as the Persian Gulf.’
    • ‘Many areas of both the highlands and the lowlands supported very dense populations prior to the Roman invasion.’
    • ‘It lives in arid and semi-arid areas with little vegetation, preferring highlands and rocky landscapes.’
    • ‘In some parts of the highlands, villages are separated by valleys and mountain ridges.’
    • ‘The Okavango River rises in the highlands of Angola and flows inland, never to reach the sea.’
    • ‘The foundation of the Bolivian diet in the Andean highlands or altiplano is the potato.’
    • ‘Rice is the staple food except among those in highland areas where rice is difficult to grow.’
    • ‘Both regions enjoy long hot summers and, apart from highland areas like the Cevennes and Pyrennees, mild winters.’
    • ‘Most Spanish speakers live in the Pacific lowlands and central highlands.’
    • ‘These species occur mainly in montane forests and grasslands in the south-eastern highlands of the country.’
    • ‘The highland regions were absorbed into the Incan Empire less than a hundred years before the Spanish conquest in 1532.’
    • ‘The central highland region is temperate, and nights can get chilly.’
    • ‘The topography is a mix of central highlands and peripheral foothills and plains.’
    • ‘In the south-east the land rises from the Sambre-Meuse valley to the highlands of the Ardennes.’
    • ‘Up here, where the road climbed into the highlands, the land was barren.’
    • ‘The Pech and Jicaque people live in some of the more remote areas in the central highlands.’
    • ‘The first stop on the tourist route out of the city is the hill town of Dalat in the southern central highlands.’
    uplands, highlands, mountains, hills, heights, moors, hilly country, mountainous region
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  • 2The mountainous part of Scotland, to the north of Glasgow and Stirling, often associated with Gaelic culture.

    as modifier ‘a Highland regiment’
    1. 2.1 A council area of northern Scotland; administrative centre, Inverness.


Old English hēahlond ‘a high promontory’ (see high, land).