Definition of hinterland in English:



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

    ‘the hinterland of southern Italy’
    • ‘This was helpful in verifying the movement of people in taxis through the desolate Iraqi hinterlands.’
    • ‘In the 19th century, following wars with the Ovimbundu, Ambo, Humbo, and Kuvale, the Portuguese began to exploit the mineral reserves of the hinterland.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was far enough away from our homes in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, but not so far as to waste too much time travelling.’
    • ‘On a hike into the flat hinterland, you'll see plenty of bird life, 40 species of orchid, wild boars (introduced from Europe) and the endemic Andros Island iguana.’
    • ‘And it took the magnetic pull of the common people and the great Indian hinterlands to draw him back to filmmaking.’
    • ‘We're in a Buddhist gompa in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland and the Venerable Tenzin Tsepal is leading a meditation.’
    • ‘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 hinterland (back country) is jungle and has very few roads.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There were shipments of ore, food and arms to be delivered to the site of conflict from the Red Flight's hinterlands.’
    • ‘In the Wild Westlike Russian hinterlands, hustling like this is part of the survival game.’
    • ‘The Li Basin was fed by rivers that drained the adjacent hinterland of basement rocks.’
    • ‘The mountainous hinterland of the Gold Coast and northern NSW received exceptional falls, up to 600 mm within 24 hours.’
    • ‘In addition, six fully accessible double-deck commuter coaches have just entered service on routes in the Greater Dublin hinterland area.’
    • ‘The northern extension of the active rain area may approach no further northward than the northern hinterland of the Cape west coast.’
    • ‘The event, run throughout the Gold Coast hinterland on July 16-17, attracted 73 teams from around Australia.’
    • ‘Southeast Queensland is justly prized for its superb beaches, rivers and lush hinterland.’
    • ‘I wish I had more time in Cannes, to go up the mountains, down the coastline, across the hinterland.’
    • ‘He has come out with a compendium of children's tales painstakingly collected from Muslim households in the hinterlands of Nellore district.’
    • ‘And Newcastle, Castlewellan, Dundrum and Kilkeel, with their surrounding hinterlands, would all have been ceded to the Republic.’
    • ‘The name is derived from Praltos Camp, which forms the hinterland of the coastal section.’
    • ‘These guided tours of the state's hinterlands consisted of a ten-day bus excursion from Salt Lake City into some areas that are now national parks and monuments.’
    • ‘Britain's domination of the coast opened up the hinterland to Western imperialism.’
    • ‘Tullow Stage School has now 130 students hailing from the Tullow area and its hinterland, ranging in ages from 3 to 16 years.’
    • ‘These claims reached a crescendo in 1926 when he accused a police patrol of mass killing in the hinterland of the Forrest River reserve.’
    • ‘Hong Kong's hinterland around the Pearl River Delta in South China is one of the World's fastest growing manufacturing bases.’
    • ‘The Ngaing are a sociolinguistic group of some 1600 people inhabiting a part of the hinterland immediately adjoining the Rai Coast.’
    • ‘One or more gently sloping erosional terraces occupy the hinterlands of many rock coasts.’
    • ‘The Italians were eventually to control the coastal areas, but the hinterlands remained outside of their control.’
    • ‘Living standards have kept improving, but the gap in development is widening between the hinterland and coastal areas.’
    • ‘Known as ‘sahan,’ this is an ages-old nomadic practice used to find water for the cattle in Somalia's arid hinterlands.’
    • ‘He made a weekly trip up into the mountains in the Gold Coast hinterland to fill up plastic containers with creek water.’
    • ‘The Ashanti empire, located in the hinterland of the Gold Coast of west Africa, reached its peak in the late 18th cent.’
    the back of beyond, the middle of nowhere, the backwoods, the wilds, the bush, remote areas, a backwater
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    1. 1.1 The area around or beyond a major town or port.
      ‘a market town serving its rich agricultural hinterland’
      • ‘With Ballyfin drawing pupils from Portlaoise, Mountrath and Mountmellick and their hinterlands there is a huge dilemma facing people.’
      • ‘He had not recommended the rescue of insolvent banks in the hinterlands that did not threaten the money market.’
      • ‘The victory of the salwar is most conspicuous not in big cities like Bangalore, but in the smaller towns of the hinterland.’
      • ‘He pointed out that Knockmore was in the hinterland of a big town but there was no public transport.’
      • ‘These towns are located within the CLAR Region and service extensive rural hinterlands.’
      • ‘Many of the articles examine the continuous conflict over water between sprawling metropolitan areas and rural hinterlands.’
      • ‘These cities grew in tandem with the commercial expansion of their hinterlands.’
      • ‘There was often a correlation between churchgoing habits in urban areas and their rural hinterland.’
      • ‘Historical sources indicate that while they controlled their own hinterlands, the numerous kingdoms often came under varying degrees of external rule.’
      • ‘One cannot get this impression so palpably in the rural hinterland and the towns closer to such areas.’
      • ‘And there are some examples of urban areas taking in large hinterlands which has worked.’
      • ‘Small market towns serviced the rural hinterland with a range of commercial and administrative services.’
      • ‘There's about 1,200 of a population in Abbeyleix and its hinterlands.’
      • ‘The majority of services operate at least one day per week and travel from the rural hinterland into the local village or town.’
      • ‘Competition is pushing more and more media companies into India's hinterland, beyond the metro cities.’
      • ‘As towns such as Naas and Newbridge continue to grow at a rapid pace, their economic hinterlands are getting larger.’
      • ‘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 cities were ‘gateway primates’, linked to their rural hinterlands by rail networks of idiosyncratic colonial gauges and to their imperial centre by sea transport.’
      • ‘The various colonial forces that fought for the trading commodities from Kochi and its hinterlands took over the Church at various points of time.’
      • ‘Yet these places, bereft of services we regard as normal, are clearly a step up from the deeper poverty of their rural hinterlands.’
  • 2usually in singular An area lying beyond what is visible or known.

    ‘the strange hinterland where life begins and ends’
    • ‘The Go-Betweens reside in a strange hinterland full of candyfloss and loneliness that hovers between critical adoration and public ignorance.’
    • ‘His talent lies in navigating thornier moralistic hinterlands.’
    • ‘Methinks this begins the hinterland of MacKay's political career, and how well-deserved it is.’
    • ‘I thought it occupied a strange hinterland where it was possibly a bit too gruesome for kids, but a bit too cartoony for adults.’
    • ‘The youngster made a competent fist of it until Arsenal's second, but his team's problems lay in the hinterland behind him.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Everyone into the remotest hinterland of consanguinity has been married.’
    • ‘Kansas City was the American League's hinterlands, and the Mets were the National League's laughing stock.’
    • ‘For many years, Africa, especially the hinterland, remained unknown, unexplored and unexploited.’
    • ‘And in the far right hinterlands of football hooliganism, a series of appalling attacks is being readied.’


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