- region along the Atlantic coast of NE Canada, constituting the mainland part of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador: 112,826 sq mi (292,218 sq km)
- large peninsula between the Atlantic & Hudson Bay, containing Quebec & Labrador (the region)
Origin of Labradorprobably ; from Portuguese lavrador, landholder, for 15th-c. Portuguese explorer João Fernandes, a landholder in the Azores: the name was first applied to Greenland
The part of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, on the North American mainland. Controlled by the Hudson's Bay Company in the 1800s, the area was claimed by Quebec until 1927, when it was awarded to Newfoundland. Labrador is located on the northeast portion of the Labrador Peninsula, the eastern end of mainland Canada between Hudson Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, and forms the southern edge of the Labrador Sea, an arm of the northern Atlantic Ocean between eastern Canada and southwest Greenland.
- Lab′ra·dor′e·an, Lab′ra·dor′i·an
Variant of Labrador