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 At each borderland of the former empire—Ukraine, North Korea, the Persian Gulf—fires are burning. Mark Danner, The New York Review of Books, "Moving Backward: Hypocrisy and Human Rights," 3 June 2020 Those of us who live in the borderlands are just lucky enough to live in a part of the world that was once Mexico. Los Angeles Times, "‘Mexican food always wins’: José R. Ralat on his new book ‘American Tacos’," 21 Apr. 2020 More than 15 million residents lie within what the federal government considers the U.S.-Mexico borderland, encompassing the communities from Texas to California and extending 62 miles inland on each side of the border. Silvia Foster-frau,, "Warren releases plan for border communities," 27 Feb. 2020 Poetry tries to hold all aspects of human memory – grief, failure, love, joy – and moves toward a liminal space in the borderlands between here and there, in between yes and no, what was and what is to come. Elizabeth Lund, The Christian Science Monitor, "A Q&A with Joy Harjo, poet laureate of the United States," 1 Apr. 2020 The nexus of the locust breeding is around the Red Sea plains in the borderlands between Sudan and Eritrea. Nicholas Bariyo, WSJ, "Africa’s Worst Locust Plague in Decades Threatens Millions," 31 Jan. 2020 Gutierrez’s pictures are lighthearted, but navigating the borderlands can be risky. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: Animator finds playful inspiration on both sides of the border," 11 Oct. 2019 Fighting with various ethnic groups has flared in the nation’s borderlands. New York Times, "In Myanmar Army’s Corner, Aung San Suu Kyi Will Defend It in Rohingya Genocide Case," 10 Dec. 2019 The indictment comes six months after the August 3 mass killing stunned the U.S., Mexico and this borderland region. Dallas News, "El Paso shooter expected to face federal hate crime charges," 6 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of borderland

1811, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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25 Jun 2020

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“Borderland.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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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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