- [usually pl.] outlying or remote areas; hinterland
- Archaic a foreign land
Origin of outlandMiddle English from Old English utland
- Archaic foreign
- A foreign land.
- outlands The outlying areas of a country; the provinces.
From Old English Å«tland (“foreign land, land abroad"), equivalent to out + land. Use in the phrase "outland German" is influenced by (is a calque of) the German cognate of the same meaning, Auslandsdeutsche (see Ausland). Use in the phrase "outland Chinese" is influenced by (is a calque of) the Chinese term of the same meaning, è¯åƒ‘ / åŽä¾¨ (huÃ¡qiÃ¡o).