adjective off–lim·its \ˈf-ˈli-məts\

—used to say that people are not allowed to talk about something

Full Definition of OFF-LIMITS

:  not to be entered or patronized by a designated class (as military personnel); also :  not to be interfered with, considered, or spoken of <the subject of sex was off–limits in her family>

First Known Use of OFF-LIMITS


Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical
OFF-LIMITS Defined for Kids


adjective off–lim·its \ˈf-ˈli-məts\

Definition of OFF-LIMITS for Kids

:  not to be entered or used <… we had to stay upstairs and the attic was off-limits. — Judy Blume, Sheila the Great>


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