From Middle English *hei-land, *heiȝ-land, from Old English hēahland (“highland”); equivalent to high + land. Cognate with Scots heland, heyland, hieland (“highland”), Dutch hoogland (“highland”), German Hochland (“highland”), Danish højland (“highland”), Swedish högland (“highland”).
highland (plural highlands)
- An area of land that is at elevation; mountainous land.
- Relating to highlands.