Part of speech: noun

A principal body of land: a continent.

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Usage examples "mainland":

  1. This evening the old man told me a story he had heard long ago on the mainland:- There was a young woman, he said, and she had a child. - "The Aran Islands", John M. Synge.
  2. Being a part of the United States, commerce between the island and mainland would be free. - "Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present", Various.
  3. An experienced trader, he had been operating between the mainland and Norlar for many years. - "The Players", Everett B. Cole.