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 poem’s a borderland of forms and metaphors with overlapping signage. Matthew Carey Salyer, Forbes, 20 May 2021 The military oppression and gender violence so familiar to rural Burmese in conflict zones is now affecting the urban middle and working classes – groups that were long sheltered from the country’s borderland conflicts. Ei Hlaing, The Conversation, 12 May 2021 Through no fault of his own, Tanner Houck now resides in the borderland of the Red Sox alternate site in Worcester, biding his time while awaiting his next big league opportunity., 9 Apr. 2021 In Beijing, it was called New Frontier, or Xinjiang: an untamed borderland. Raffi Khatchadourian, The New Yorker, 5 Apr. 2021 In the borderland, where communities on either side of the international line are inextricably linked, Mexico's vaccine program is nearly as important to public health on the U.S. side as the homegrown one, experts say. Lauren Villagran, USA TODAY, 5 Mar. 2021 And now in Bateman, for whom the horse, that mythical borderland beast, contains both the hope of a land’s promise and the means to its redemption. Jason Kehe, Wired, 12 Feb. 2021 The Berkshire hilltop where metal detector hobbyists found a warrior's grave was supposed to have been an unimportant patch of borderland between neighboring tribes 1,400 years ago. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 5 Oct. 2020 Central Asia, dependent on remittances and commodities, could become a dead end for China’s Belt and Road and a dangerous borderland for Russia. Robert B. Zoellick, WSJ, 30 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of borderland

1811, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Borderland.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of borderland

: the land on either side of a border between countries
: an unclear state or condition that is between two things and is like each of them in some ways

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