Definition of the mainland noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

the mainland

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈmeɪnlænd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmeɪnlænd//
 
[singular]
 
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the main area of land of a country, not including any islands near to it a boat to/from the mainland The Hebrides are to the west of the Scottish mainland.
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