[mass noun] The northern part of a country or region.
- ‘Paraic McTigue from Castlebar and myself had decided some weeks ago that we would hit the road to the northlands some evening to visit our friend of many years.’
- ‘They were marching steadily across the marshy northlands, their pace slowed by the necessity of watching their feet for sinkholes and mud puddles.’
- ‘I grew up in the northlands, a land of fire, ice, and passion, and that fighting spirit seems to just be part of my people.’
- ‘While all our fellow NYU Master of Social Work students head off to South Padre Island or Cabo San Lucas for spring break, my boyfriend and my gay self are off to the frozen northlands of Maine.’
- ‘The figure stands inside the room known in the northlands as an Arctic entry, a buffer zone between the frigid outdoors and a house, similar to a farm's mud-room.’
Old English (see north, land).
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