hin·ter·land / ˈhintərˌland/ (also hin·ter·lands) • n. the often uncharted areas beyond a coastal district or a river's banks: early settlers were driven from the coastal areas into the hinterland. ∎ an area surrounding a town or port and served by it: the city had grown prosperous by exploiting its local western hinterland. ∎ the remote areas of a region: the mountain hinterland. ∎ fig. an area lying beyond what is visible or known: in the hinterland of his mind these things rose, dark and ominous.