Definition of hinterland in English:



  • 1The remote areas of a country away from the coast or the banks of major rivers.

    ‘the hinterland of southern Italy’
    • ‘Known as ‘sahan,’ this is an ages-old nomadic practice used to find water for the cattle in Somalia's arid hinterlands.’
    • ‘After all, becoming a film star is the dream of many and the very stuff dreams are made of in Indian hinterlands and urban jungles.’
    • ‘It was far enough away from our homes in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, but not so far as to waste too much time travelling.’
    • ‘The hinterland (back country) is jungle and has very few roads.’
    • ‘In addition, six fully accessible double-deck commuter coaches have just entered service on routes in the Greater Dublin hinterland area.’
    • ‘If you follow the Otaoroa Road north of Waitara deep into the hinterland to the once remote Tarata settlement east of Inglewood, you will find the Tarata tunnel.’
    • ‘I wish I had more time in Cannes, to go up the mountains, down the coastline, across the hinterland.’
    • ‘The Ngaing are a sociolinguistic group of some 1600 people inhabiting a part of the hinterland immediately adjoining the Rai Coast.’
    • ‘We're in a Buddhist gompa in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland and the Venerable Tenzin Tsepal is leading a meditation.’
    • ‘Hong Kong's hinterland around the Pearl River Delta in South China is one of the World's fastest growing manufacturing bases.’
    • ‘He has come out with a compendium of children's tales painstakingly collected from Muslim households in the hinterlands of Nellore district.’
    • ‘In the 19th century, following wars with the Ovimbundu, Ambo, Humbo, and Kuvale, the Portuguese began to exploit the mineral reserves of the hinterland.’
    • ‘The name is derived from Praltos Camp, which forms the hinterland of the coastal section.’
    • ‘The Italians were eventually to control the coastal areas, but the hinterlands remained outside of their control.’
    • ‘One or more gently sloping erosional terraces occupy the hinterlands of many rock coasts.’
    • ‘The mountainous hinterland of the Gold Coast and northern NSW received exceptional falls, up to 600 mm within 24 hours.’
    • ‘The Ashanti empire, located in the hinterland of the Gold Coast of west Africa, reached its peak in the late 18th cent.’
    • ‘Over the following years we would come back again and again, either exploring the hinterland by car or the Turkish coast by boat.’
    • ‘Homme describes the trail which led him out of his strange desert world in the hinterland of California to bring us this timeless but contemporary sound.’
    • ‘The event, run throughout the Gold Coast hinterland on July 16-17, attracted 73 teams from around Australia.’
    the back of beyond, the middle of nowhere, the backwoods, the wilds, the bush, remote areas, a backwater
    the outback, the back country, the backblocks, the booay
    the backveld, the platteland
    the sticks
    the boondocks, the boonies, the tall timbers
    woop woop, beyond the black stump
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    1. 1.1The area around or beyond a major town or port.
      ‘a market town serving its rich agricultural hinterland’
      • ‘There's about 1,200 of a population in Abbeyleix and its hinterlands.’
      • ‘The victory of the salwar is most conspicuous not in big cities like Bangalore, but in the smaller towns of the hinterland.’
      • ‘Historical sources indicate that while they controlled their own hinterlands, the numerous kingdoms often came under varying degrees of external rule.’
      • ‘These cities were ‘gateway primates’, linked to their rural hinterlands by rail networks of idiosyncratic colonial gauges and to their imperial centre by sea transport.’
      • ‘Many of the articles examine the continuous conflict over water between sprawling metropolitan areas and rural hinterlands.’
      • ‘Small market towns serviced the rural hinterland with a range of commercial and administrative services.’
      • ‘These cities grew in tandem with the commercial expansion of their hinterlands.’
      • ‘Yet these places, bereft of services we regard as normal, are clearly a step up from the deeper poverty of their rural hinterlands.’
      • ‘One cannot get this impression so palpably in the rural hinterland and the towns closer to such areas.’
      • ‘Even more amazing is the figure for the Portlaoise hinterland which has under-gone a massive 41% rise in the number of people living there.’
      • ‘These towns are located within the CLAR Region and service extensive rural hinterlands.’
      • ‘There was often a correlation between churchgoing habits in urban areas and their rural hinterland.’
      • ‘With Ballyfin drawing pupils from Portlaoise, Mountrath and Mountmellick and their hinterlands there is a huge dilemma facing people.’
      • ‘The various colonial forces that fought for the trading commodities from Kochi and its hinterlands took over the Church at various points of time.’
      • ‘And there are some examples of urban areas taking in large hinterlands which has worked.’
      • ‘As towns such as Naas and Newbridge continue to grow at a rapid pace, their economic hinterlands are getting larger.’
      • ‘Competition is pushing more and more media companies into India's hinterland, beyond the metro cities.’
      • ‘The majority of services operate at least one day per week and travel from the rural hinterland into the local village or town.’
      • ‘He had not recommended the rescue of insolvent banks in the hinterlands that did not threaten the money market.’
      • ‘He pointed out that Knockmore was in the hinterland of a big town but there was no public transport.’
  • 2An area lying beyond what is visible or known.

    ‘the strange hinterland where life begins and ends’
    • ‘The youngster made a competent fist of it until Arsenal's second, but his team's problems lay in the hinterland behind him.’
    • ‘His talent lies in navigating thornier moralistic hinterlands.’
    • ‘Everyone into the remotest hinterland of consanguinity has been married.’
    • ‘For many years, Africa, especially the hinterland, remained unknown, unexplored and unexploited.’
    • ‘Kansas City was the American League's hinterlands, and the Mets were the National League's laughing stock.’
    • ‘I thought it occupied a strange hinterland where it was possibly a bit too gruesome for kids, but a bit too cartoony for adults.’
    • ‘And in the far right hinterlands of football hooliganism, a series of appalling attacks is being readied.’
    • ‘Methinks this begins the hinterland of MacKay's political career, and how well-deserved it is.’
    • ‘It comes as no surprise that prioritization of specific lines of tradition, of particular hinterlands of theory building and reception, varies from entry to entry.’
    • ‘The Go-Betweens reside in a strange hinterland full of candyfloss and loneliness that hovers between critical adoration and public ignorance.’


Late 19th century: from German, from hinter behind + Land land.