Definition of hinterland in English:


(also hinterlands)


  • 1The often uncharted areas beyond a coastal district or a river's banks.

    ‘early settlers were driven from the coastal areas into the hinterland’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Living standards have kept improving, but the gap in development is widening between the hinterland and coastal areas.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This was helpful in verifying the movement of people in taxis through the desolate Iraqi hinterlands.’
    • ‘He made a weekly trip up into the mountains in the Gold Coast hinterland to fill up plastic containers with creek water.’
    • ‘Britain's domination of the coast opened up the hinterland to Western imperialism.’
    • ‘Southeast Queensland is justly prized for its superb beaches, rivers and lush hinterland.’
    • ‘Tullow Stage School has now 130 students hailing from the Tullow area and its hinterland, ranging in ages from 3 to 16 years.’
    • ‘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 northern extension of the active rain area may approach no further northward than the northern hinterland of the Cape west coast.’
    • ‘These claims reached a crescendo in 1926 when he accused a police patrol of mass killing in the hinterland of the Forrest River reserve.’
    • ‘There were shipments of ore, food and arms to be delivered to the site of conflict from the Red Flight's hinterlands.’
    • ‘And Newcastle, Castlewellan, Dundrum and Kilkeel, with their surrounding hinterlands, would all have been ceded to the Republic.’
    • ‘And it took the magnetic pull of the common people and the great Indian hinterlands to draw him back to filmmaking.’
    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. 1.1An area surrounding a town or port and served by it.
      ‘the city had grown prosperous by exploiting its local western hinterland’
      • ‘Small market towns serviced the rural hinterland with a range of commercial and administrative services.’
      • ‘He had not recommended the rescue of insolvent banks in the hinterlands that did not threaten the money market.’
      • ‘One cannot get this impression so palpably in the rural hinterland and the towns closer to such areas.’
      • ‘These cities grew in tandem with the commercial expansion of their hinterlands.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The victory of the salwar is most conspicuous not in big cities like Bangalore, but in the smaller towns of the 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.’
      • ‘There was often a correlation between churchgoing habits in urban areas and their rural hinterland.’
      • ‘Many of the articles examine the continuous conflict over water between sprawling metropolitan areas and rural hinterlands.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He pointed out that Knockmore was in the hinterland of a big town but there was no public transport.’
      • ‘Yet these places, bereft of services we regard as normal, are clearly a step up from the deeper poverty of their rural hinterlands.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Historical sources indicate that while they controlled their own hinterlands, the numerous kingdoms often came under varying degrees of external rule.’
      • ‘And there are some examples of urban areas taking in large hinterlands which has worked.’
      • ‘These towns are located within the CLAR Region and service extensive rural hinterlands.’
  • 2An area lying beyond what is visible or known.

    ‘in the hinterland of his mind these things rose, dark and ominous’
    • ‘His talent lies in navigating thornier moralistic hinterlands.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I thought it occupied a strange hinterland where it was possibly a bit too gruesome for kids, but a bit too cartoony for adults.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Everyone into the remotest hinterland of consanguinity has been married.’
    • ‘The Go-Betweens reside in a strange hinterland full of candyfloss and loneliness that hovers between critical adoration and public ignorance.’
    • ‘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.’


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