Definition of hinterland :
The land or region lying behind the coast district. The term is used esp. with reference to the so- called doctrine of the hinterland, sometimes advanced, that occupation of the coast supports a claim to an exclusive right to occupy, from time to time, the territory lying inland of the coast.
- Moreover, within its boundaries was embraced all the great American gold- field, just on the eve of discovery, for Marshall had detected the shining particles in the mill- race at the foot of the Sierra Nevada nine days before Mexico signed away her rights in California and in all the vague, remote hinterland facing Cathayward. - "Edison, His Life and Inventions", Frank Lewis Dyer and Thomas Commerford Martin.
- Here is a country which is actually south of London, which is only 2000 miles from England, 1000 from New York, and 500 from Quebec; which stands beside one of the most frequented of ocean highways; and which has a labyrinth of islands, a maze of rivers, and an untamed hinterland, all formed by Nature for wild " zoos", preserves and open hunting grounds. - "Draft of a Plan for Beginning Animal Sanctuaries in Labrador", William Wood.
- Why rush around to the hinterland when there was a big territory next door? - "Greener Than You Think", Ward Moore.