from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The land directly adjacent to and inland from a coast.
- n. A region remote from urban areas; backcountry.
- n. A region situated beyond metropolitan centers of culture.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The land immediately next to, and inland from, a coast.
- n. The rural territory surrounding an urban area, especially a port.
- n. A remote or undeveloped area, a backwater.
- n. Anything vague or ill-defined, especially one that is ill understood.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a remote and undeveloped area; originally, the land or region lying behind the coast district. The term is used esp. with reference to the so-called doctrine of the hinterland, sometimes advanced, that occupation of the coast supports a claim to an exclusive right to occupy, from time to time, the territory lying inland of the coast.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Territory that lies back of and is tributary to a coast region or port.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a remote and undeveloped area
German : hinter, behind (from Middle High German, from Old High German hintar; see ko- in Indo-European roots) + Land, land (from Middle High German lant, from Old High German; see lendh- in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from German Hinterland, from hinter (“behind”) + Land (“land”), cognate to English hind ("back, rear") + land. First used in English in 1888 by George Chisholm in his work Handbook of Commercial Geography originally as hinderland, but current spelling (following German) became more popular. The term is characteristic of thalassocratic analysis of space (from the point of view of nation, such as 19th century Britain, with maritime supremacy). (Wiktionary)