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Mainland is a name given to a large landmass in a region (as contrasted with a nearby island or islands), or to the largest of a group of islands in an archipelago. Sometimes its residents are called "Mainlanders". As a result of the usually larger area of mainland, there are significantly more mainlanders than islanders, and mainlander culture and politics sometimes threaten to dominate those of the islands.

Prominent uses of the term include:

The term is used on multiple levels. To someone in Tasmania, continental Australia is the mainland; but to residents of King Island, Flinders Island, and the other surrounding islands, Tasmania itself is the mainland.

Notes

  1. ^ Theroux, The Kingdom by the Sea, 1982:83.
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There is more than one place called Mainland:

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Wiktionary

Up to date as of January 15, 2010
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English

Etymology

main + land

Pronunciation

(GenAm) IPA: /ˈmeɪ̪nlənd/

Noun

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Singular
mainland

Plural
mainlands

mainland (plural mainlands)

  1. The main landmass of a country or continent
    • 1719: Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe
      ...I got to the mainland, where, to my great comfort, I clambered up the cliffs of the shore and sat me down upon the grass, free from danger and quite out of the reach of the water.

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