bor·​der | \ ˈbȯr-dər How to pronounce border (audio) \

Definition of border

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an outer part or edge at the borders of the forest
2 textiles : an ornamental design at the edge of a fabric or rug
3 : a narrow bed of planted ground along the edge of a lawn or walkway a border of tulips
4 : boundary on the border between New York and Canada crossed the border into Italy
5 : a plain or decorative margin around printed matter wedding invitations with a delicate gold leaf border


bordered; bordering\ ˈbȯr-​d(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce border (audio) \

Definition of border (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to put a border on a rug bordered with a pattern of leaves bordered the garden with pansies
2 : to touch at the edge or boundary : bound borders the city on the south Slovakia borders Poland.

intransitive verb

1 : to lie on the border the U.S. borders on Canada
2 : to approach the nature of a specified thing : verge borders on the ridiculous

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bordered \ ˈbȯr-​dərd How to pronounce border (audio) \ adjective


borderer \ ˈbȯr-​dər-​ər How to pronounce border (audio) \ noun

Examples of border in a Sentence

Noun He grew up in Malaysia, near the Indonesian border. They live just beyond the western border of the park. the border of the Sahara The quilt is quite plain except for its colorful border. a broad red border on each plate He planted pansies in the border. Verb Their property borders the park. Tall trees border the avenue. Two rivers border the city.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The first allotment of stories all take place in various areas of Guatemala, for example, while later essays take place in Honduras, Mexico and along the U.S.-Mexico border. Seth Combs Writer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Author J. Malcolm Garcia’s uneasy encounters," 2 May 2021 Some make the trip to the U.S.-Mexico border alone or with the help of smugglers. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "How a young migrant won asylum after crossing the border as an unaccompanied child," 30 Apr. 2021 Trump made strides on border security, the economy, holding China and Cuba accountable. Washington Post, "Opinion: On ABC and Fox, a big day for the Big Lie caucus," 27 Apr. 2021 The key is the wall and border security for the right and a pathway to citizenship for the center and the left. Arkansas Online, "Immigration reform is vital," 25 Apr. 2021 In the intervening year, Canada has tightened its border security, requiring anyone entering by plane or land to be tested in advance for COVID-19 and banning cruise ships from its waters until February 2022. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "US borders with Canada, Mexico to remain closed to nonessential travel through May," 23 Apr. 2021 Under the Biden administration, ICE has sought to prioritize immigrants who pose a threat to national security, border security and public safety. Geneva Sands, CNN, "ICE ends Trump-era policy of fining undocumented immigrants, calling penalties 'ineffective'," 23 Apr. 2021 Immigration and border security remain two of the issues in which the new president has some of his lowest job approval ratings. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "The Biden immigration muddle," 22 Apr. 2021 Far from signaling a breakdown of white supremacist activity, Sunday may be a curtain raiser for things to come, when issues such as immigration, border security and police reform will continue to roil politics. oregonlive, "White nationalist rallies fizzled last week so why are far-right groups celebrating?," 15 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The authors analyze counties that border one another but are in different states and find that counties in states with higher corporate tax rates have less employment and lower wage income. Adam A. Millsap, Forbes, "Higher Corporate Taxes Affect Everyone," 28 Apr. 2021 All five states that border West Virginia now have a higher rate of doses administered per capita, according to federal data. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Crowd record, ‘secret prom,’ demand drop: News from around our 50 states," 20 Apr. 2021 Ducey dispatches National Guard to border How divided are Arizonans on major issues? Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, The Arizona Republic, "Sinema, Kelly back bipartisan bill to fight Asian American hate crimes," 22 Apr. 2021 In a major shift, Bamar youth, like Zarni Win, are traveling to border areas to join some of the largest ethnic armed groups. Emily Fishbein, Time, "As Myanmar's Junta Intensifies Its Crackdown, Pro-Democracy Protesters Prepare for Civil War," 7 Apr. 2021 But all states that border Wisconsin — Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois and Michigan — are already vaccinating people under 65 with medical conditions or disabilities. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here's where Wisconsin's neighboring states are on vaccine eligibility and how they compare to us," 18 Mar. 2021 Louisville Metro Council President David James and Councilwoman Donna Purvis, whose districts border the store, have been vocal in calling for Dino's closure. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Dino's Food Mart not giving up as judge mulls order for it to vacate Louisville property," 19 Mar. 2021 Brennan does, however, include others that border on incredulous but absolutely happened. David James, Anchorage Daily News, "The true stories of 12 notorious Alaska murder cases makes for a chilling, but gripping read," 13 Mar. 2021 According to the city’s plan, mixed-use buildings up to 74 feet tall will border the plaza, with retail on the ground floor and housing or offices above. Sara Tabin, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Millcreek city starts work on plaza that includes an ice skating rink," 12 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of border


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for border


Middle English bordure, from Anglo-French, from border to border, from Old French bort border, of Germanic origin; probably akin to Old English bord board

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The first known use of border was in the 14th century

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6 May 2021

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“Border.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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bor·​der | \ ˈbȯr-dər How to pronounce border (audio) \

Kids Definition of border

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a boundary especially of a country or state
2 : the outer edge of something the border of the woods
3 : a decorative strip on or near the edge of something


bordered; bordering

Kids Definition of border (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to put a border on Border the garden with flowers.
2 : to be close or next to The United States borders on Canada.


bor·​der | \ ˈbȯrd-ər How to pronounce border (audio) \

Medical Definition of border

: an outer part or edge — see brush border

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