Mainland definition

mānlănd, -lənd
A major landmass especially when considered in relation to nearby islands or attached peninsulas.
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The principal land or largest part of a continent or country, as distinguished from a relatively small island or peninsula.
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(place) Largest of the Orkney Islands: c. 190 sq mi (492 sq km)
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(place) Chief island of Japan.
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(place) Largest of the Shetland Islands: 407 sq mi (1,054 sq km)
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The main landmass of a country or continent.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
mainland
Plural:
mainlands

Origin of mainland

  • From main +"Ž land. Compare Scots mayn-land, magan-land, madin-land (“mainland"), Faroese meginland (“mainland"), Icelandic meginland (“mainland").

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