- the land or district behind that bordering on a coast or river; specif., an inland region claimed by the state that owns the coast
- an area far from big cities and towns; backcountry
Origin of hinterlandGerman from hinter, back (see hinder) + land, land
- The land directly adjacent to and inland from a coast.
- a. A region remote from urban areas; backcountry.b. A region situated beyond metropolitan centers of culture.
Origin of hinterlandGerman 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.)
- The land immediately next to, and inland from, a coast.
- The rural territory surrounding an urban area, especially a port.
- A remote or undeveloped area, a backwater.
- (figuratively) That which is unknown or unexplored about someone.
- (figuratively) Anything vague or ill-defined, especially one that is ill understood.
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).