• (America) IPA: /ˈmeɪ̪nlənd/

mainland (plural mainlands)

  1. The continent; the principal land, as distinguished from island or a peninsula.
    • 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.
    • 2005, comment (not durably archived) ↗:
      You may have not realised when I was using the term mainland Europe, I was excluding the British Isles.
  2. The principal island of a group.
Proper noun
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