bor·​der·​land | \ ˈbȯr-dər-ˌland How to pronounce borderland (audio) \

Definition of borderland

1a : territory at or near a border
b : fringe sense 3a lives on the borderland of society
2 : a vague intermediate state or region the borderland between fantasy and reality

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Examples of borderland in a Sentence

in the borderland between sleeping and waking He describes adolescence as the tumultuous borderlands between childhood and adulthood.
Recent Examples on the Web The narrow strip is the most heavily armed borderland in the world, with minefields and barbed-wire fences. Washington Post, 3 Jan. 2022 This borderland between Brazil and Peru, where the lowland Amazon rain forest slopes gently toward the Andes foothills, is rich with biological and cultural diversity. Carolina Schneider Comandulli, Scientific American, 23 Apr. 2022 Another variant would be considered as adjacent to the AI, residing in a type of borderland that is not exactly inside the AI and not fully outside the AI. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2022 Most of the time, the borders themselves occupy a borderland between real and unreal. Julian Lucas, The New Yorker, 21 Feb. 2022 For now, that point seems to lie in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of a country whose name means borderland. New York Times, 22 Feb. 2022 The situation leaves Colombia and Venezuela with the same problem: The presence of highly skilled criminal groups that control chunks of their borderland territories. Stefano Pozzebon, CNN, 6 Feb. 2022 For her part, Ms. Butcher is a feminist, a humanist and apparently an agnostic who—for love—tries hard to find some borderland within herself for both these postures. Richard Adams Carey, WSJ, 6 Jan. 2022 During this early period, many agents were active in borderland chapters of the Ku Klux Klan. Alicia Schmidt Camacho, The New Yorker, 19 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of borderland

1811, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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8 Jul 2022

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“Borderland.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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