from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Elevated land.
  • n. A mountainous or hilly section of a country.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a highland.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An area of land that is at elevation; mountainous land.
  • adj. Relating to highlands.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. of, located in, or characteristic of high or hilly country. Contrasted to lowland.
  • n. Elevated or mountainous land; (often in the pl.) an elevated region or country.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An abrupt elevation of land; a high promontory or plateau: as, a jutting highland.
  • n. plural An elevated region broken into hills and mountains: often used as a proper name: as, the Highlands of Scotland; the Hudson Highlands; the highlands of Abyssinia.
  • Pertaining or belonging to high lands or to mountainous regions, especially (with a capital) the Highlands of Scotland: as, highland scenery; highland vegetation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. elevated (e.g., mountainous) land
  • adj. used of high or hilly country


From Middle English *hei-land, *heiȝ-land, from Old English hēahland ("highland"), equivalent to high +‎ land. Cognate with Scots heland, heyland, hieland ("highland"), Dutch hoogland ("highland"), German Hochland ("highland"), Danish højland ("highland"), Swedish högland ("highland"). (Wiktionary)


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