Definition of highland in English:



  • 1[mass noun] An area of high or mountainous land.

    ‘the highlands of Madagascar’
    [as modifier] ‘a highland region of Vietnam’
    • ‘Many areas of both the highlands and the lowlands supported very dense populations prior to the Roman invasion.’
    • ‘These insects are found in rain forests, highlands, and deserts such as the Persian Gulf.’
    • ‘In the south-east the land rises from the Sambre-Meuse valley to the highlands of the Ardennes.’
    • ‘These species occur mainly in montane forests and grasslands in the south-eastern highlands of the country.’
    • ‘Rice is the staple food except among those in highland areas where rice is difficult to grow.’
    • ‘Up here, where the road climbed into the highlands, the land was barren.’
    • ‘The highlands have rugged terrain that is difficult to cultivate.’
    • ‘Most Spanish speakers live in the Pacific lowlands and central highlands.’
    • ‘The Okavango River rises in the highlands of Angola and flows inland, never to reach the sea.’
    • ‘The highland regions were absorbed into the Incan Empire less than a hundred years before the Spanish conquest in 1532.’
    • ‘Both regions enjoy long hot summers and, apart from highland areas like the Cevennes and Pyrennees, mild winters.’
    • ‘In some parts of the highlands, villages are separated by valleys and mountain ridges.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The central highland region is temperate, and nights can get chilly.’
    • ‘The coastal population is thinly clustered in villages, but over one-third of the total population live in highland valleys.’
    • ‘The topography is a mix of central highlands and peripheral foothills and plains.’
    • ‘The traditional homeland of the Amhara people is the central highland plateau of Ethiopia.’
    • ‘It lives in arid and semi-arid areas with little vegetation, preferring highlands and rocky landscapes.’
    • ‘The foundation of the Bolivian diet in the Andean highlands or altiplano is the potato.’
    uplands, highlands, mountains, hills, heights, moors, hilly country, mountainous region
    plateau, upland, tableland, mesa, elevated plain, ridge
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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. 2.1A council area of northern Scotland; administrative centre, Inverness.


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