Definition of outland in US English:


(also outlands)


  • Remote or distant territory.

    ‘barbarian chiefs from the outlands’
    • ‘In the outland beyond the city people naturally have stocks on hand, because you never know when the weather will take down your juice and you'll be stuck in the house in February behind four-foot drifts with no phone and no lights.’
    • ‘The words reflect the belief that the world was divided into a central and superior Chinese civilisation, and a peripheral, inferior barbarian outland.’
    • ‘During the Ming Dynasty, the three-story barracks pavilion must have seemed electrifying after months in the sinister outlands.’
    • ‘Because they occupy the professional outlands, staffing of sections in these courses relies heavily on outlanders like graduate student or part-time faculty.’
    • ‘I am not one of those epicures who will spend his ducats in search of a new sensation that will gladhand a few obscure tastebuds in the outlands of his tongue.’
    • ‘I don't get to the outlands often,’ he said smiling.’
    • ‘Grafting these geographical markers of the outlands onto the structure of a Broadway production number reinforces the concept of inclusiveness.’
    • ‘The epithets chart a subtle change in perception of the state, from dull, square outland to parking lot for middle-class transients.’
    • ‘We categorize land to designate its potential productivity; it becomes highland, lowland, borderland, outland, even wasteland.’
    • ‘My wife, child and mother-in-law left Friday for the outlands of the state, leaving me and the dog to amuse ourselves in the time-honored method: staying up until 3 AM watching Star Wars with the stereo pumped up to 11.’


  • 1Remote; distant.

    1. 1.1 Foreign.
      ‘in the charge of outland kings’