Definition of highland in English:

highland

noun

  • 1also highlands[mass noun] An area of high or mountainous land:

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

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

highland

/ˈhʌɪlənd/