- Terrain that is at a relatively high elevation — generally, higher than foothills but not above the timberline — consisting of mountainous areas or elevated expanses of plain.
1907, Stewart Edward White, chapter 13, in Arizona Nights:
- We had topped the high country, too, and had started down the other side of the mountains that ran out on the promontory.
1915, Joseph A. Altsheler, chapter 13, in The Rock of Chickamauga:
- While Lookout Mountain was the loftiest summit, some of the other ridges rose almost as high. . . . September had now come and the winds were growing crisper in the high country.
- 2001 Aug. 6, Curt Eidem, "Letters: The War over the West," Time:
- I grew up in Washington State, and have hiked the high country since I was a boy scout in the '60s.
- Used especially to refer to certain Western regions of the U.S. and Canada.
- “high country” at OneLook Dictionary Search