cordon sanitaire


cor·don sa·ni·taire

noun \kr-ˌdōⁿ-sä-nē-ˈter\

Definition of CORDON SANITAIRE

:  a protective barrier (as of buffer states) against a potentially aggressive nation or a dangerous influence (as an ideology)

Origin of CORDON SANITAIRE

French, literally, sanitary cordon (quarantine line)
First Known Use: 1920

Rhymes with CORDON SANITAIRE

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