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From Middle English inland, inlond, from Old English inland, equivalent to in- +‎ land. Compare West Frisian ynlân (inland), German Inland (inland), Danish indland (inland), Swedish inland (inland), Norwegian innland (inland). Compare also Dutch binnenland.


  • IPA(key): /ˈɪnlənd/
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inland (comparative more inland, superlative most inland)

  1. Within the land; relatively remote from the ocean or from open water; interior
    an inland town
    • 1906, Joseph Conrad, The Mirror of the Sea Chapter 38
      [] there is no such sea for adventurous voyages as the Mediterranean— the inland sea which the ancients looked upon as so vast and so full of wonders.
    • 1785, William Cowper, The Task Book V
      From inland regions to the distant main.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene Book 2 Canto 6
      This wide inland sea.
  2. Limited to the land, or to inland routes; within the seashore boundary; not passing on, or over, the sea
    inland transportation
    inland commerce
    inland navigation
  3. Confined to a country or state; domestic; not foreign.
    an inland bill of exchange



inland (plural inlands)

  1. The interior part of a country.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)

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inland (comparative more inland, superlative most inland)

  1. Into, or towards, the interior of the land, away from the coast.
    • The greatest waves of population have rolled inland from the east. Sharon Turner.


Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for inland in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)