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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Synonyms for borderland


border, frontier, march

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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.

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But, in fact, sui generis city-states, even minicivilizations, often flourished in borderlands where superpowers met. Melik Kaylan, WSJ, "‘The World Between Empires: Art and Identity in the Ancient Middle East’ Review: A Creative Explosion Where Superpowers Collide," 26 Mar. 2019 The Department of Homeland Security, with its contractors and test holes, will never understand that the borderlands represent an in-between-ness that should be not fenced off but, rather, respected. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "The Mail," 30 Apr. 2018 While economic activity in the borderlands weakens and corruption grows, the morale and effectiveness of security forces has eroded, Franklin said. Tom Odula, Fox News, "5 years after mall Kenya attack, al-Shabab's threat grows," 21 Sep. 2018 Europe’s weakness invites authoritarian assertion in the borderlands. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Putin Is Weak. Europe Doesn’t Have to Be," 23 July 2018 Stories of migrant children mixed into the adult jail population proliferated in the local press of borderland communities, often prompting public outcry. Brianna Nofil, Time, "Family Separation Is Officially Over, but History Suggests the U.S. Won't Find a Good Solution for Migrant Children," 28 June 2018 Southwest Key has long branded itself as an angel of the borderlands, stepping in to help solve one of the nation’s most vexing social services problems, with constantly changing demands amid shifts in immigration policy. Mark Collette, Joshua Fechter And Bill Lambrecht, San Antonio Express-News, "Companies earn billions to shelter immigrant children," 29 June 2018 For decades prior, the southwestern borderlands had prospered under a more fluid, humane and practical definition of boundaries, driven in large part by the wants and needs of the blended, binational border communities. Time Staff, Time, "The 25 Moments From American History That Matter Right Now," 28 June 2018 Currently, there are about 390 Guard members stationed along the Arizona borderlands as part of Operation Guardian Support. Rafael Carranza, azcentral, "National Guard sent to Arizona border ports to help strained customs officers," 31 May 2018

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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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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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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