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 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, "Metal detector enthusiasts find 6th-century Anglo-Saxon warrior’s grave," 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, "Leave No Country Behind in the Post-Covid Recovery," 30 Sep. 2020 The refuge has small ponds that sustain populations of borderland wildlife including puma, bear and other species. Washington Post, "Trump administration in an all-out push to build border wall before election," 29 Sep. 2020 The city was built in a conflict zone, a borderland dominated for thousands of years by warfare between herders of the northern steppe and farmers of the central plains. Brook Larmer, National Geographic, "Mysterious carvings and evidence of human sacrifice uncovered in ancient city," 6 Aug. 2020 For nearly a month, this borderland of 2 million people in South Texas pleaded for a field hospital, but not until Tuesday was one ready and accepting patients. Paul J. Weber, Star Tribune, "'We are no less American': Deaths pile up on Texas border," 4 Aug. 2020 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

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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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11 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Borderland.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 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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