Meaning of higher ground in English:

higher ground

Pronunciation /ˌhʌɪə ˈɡraʊnd/


  • 1Ground which is more elevated in relation to the surrounding area.

  • 2Figurative and in figurative contexts, especially with reference to a position of advantage or superiority in a debate, moral issue, etc.


Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Richard Morison (c1510–1556), humanist and diplomat. From higher + ground.