Heartland definition

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A central region, especially one that is politically, economically, or militarily vital to a nation, region, or culture.
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A geographically central area having crucial economic, political, or strategic importance.
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A region regarded as representative of the traditional, specif. middle-class or small-town, values of a nation.
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People holding such values, regarded collectively.
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The central part of a region defined by geographical or non-geographical criteria.

It was in the heartland of the French wine growing areas.

The home counties are the Conservative heartland.

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The part of a region considered essential to the viability and survival of the whole.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
heartland
Plural:
heartlands