borderland

noun
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 Dozens of other suggestions arrived that included the 1919 hearings of Texas Rangers’ actions in the borderlands. Elaine Ayala, ExpressNews.com, "Ayala: Re-enactments for the 21st century? San Antonio can lead the way," 12 Nov. 2019 The borderlands of the two regional arch-rivals stretch out below it, a wire fence cutting through the valley. CNN, "For a week, Israel and Lebanon seemed on the brink of war. But neither has the appetite for it," 3 Sep. 2019 The borderlands south of Arizona include some of the most profitable, and sought-after, smuggling routes, leading to disputes among the cartels. Rafael Carranza, azcentral, "Ambush in Mexico: What we know about the deaths, the LeBaron family, the investigation and Trump," 5 Nov. 2019 Most of the land abutting Mexico is controlled by the federal government, and in states like Texas, where the borderlands are largely in the hands of private entities, landowners—including Republicans—have resisted the intrusion of a wall. Rachel Monroe, The Atlantic, "When GoFundMe Gets Ugly," 9 Oct. 2019 Every midnight, the Mexican national anthem plays on Spanish-language radio stations streamed across the borderland. Jazmine Ulloa, BostonGlobe.com, "El Paso is my hometown. I returned to find unity and resilience in a mass shooters’ wake," 10 Aug. 2019 The borderlands have no courts and tribal police flail in the face of paperwork and investigations. The Economist, "Pakistan’s borderlands at last win a say in their own administration," 20 July 2019 Five friends journey from El Paso to the Gulf of Mexico on horses, mountain bikes and canoes to document the borderlands and explore the potential impacts of a border wall on the natural environment. Houston Chronicle, "Outside the Megaplex: Here are the Houston arthouse movies showing Nov. 1-7," 31 Oct. 2019 Sunday Five friends journey from El Paso to the Gulf of Mexico on horses, mountain bikes and canoes to document the borderlands and explore the potential impacts of a border wall on the natural environment. Houston Chronicle, "Outside the Megaplex: Here are the Houston arthouse movies showing Sept. 6-12," 5 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of borderland

1811, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of borderland was in 1811

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7 Jan 2020

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“Borderland.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/borderland. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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borderland

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How to pronounce borderland (audio)

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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