cordon sanitaire

noun
cor·​don sa·​ni·​taire | \ kȯr-ˌdōⁿ-sä-nē-ˈter How to pronounce cordon sanitaire (audio) \

Definition of cordon sanitaire

: a protective barrier (as of buffer states) against a potentially aggressive nation or a dangerous influence (such as an ideology)

Examples of cordon sanitaire in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ron Trewyn told us of one sheriff—the exception, rather than the rule—who had mapped the optimal locations for the 40 roadblocks needed to create a cordon sanitaire, quarantining his entire county in the event of an outbreak. Nicola Twille, Wired, 6 July 2021 Plum Island has the advantage of a natural cordon sanitaire—the ocean. Nicola Twille, Wired, 6 July 2021 It was confidently assumed that coffee rust could not cross the cordon sanitaire of the Atlantic. Maryn Mckenna, The Atlantic, 16 Sep. 2020 The cordon sanitaire around Eyam was similar to controls imposed by local magistrates on a number of parishes and villages in the 1660s. 1843, 16 Apr. 2020 The cordon sanitaire that began around Wuhan and two nearby cities on Jan. 23 helped slow the virus’s... Jeremy Page, WSJ, 24 Mar. 2020 Authorities have imposed a cordon sanitaire, limiting movement into and out of the country and between cities and towns, except for those going to work or in emergencies. Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 20 Mar. 2020 When the Chinese government effectively cut off some 50 million people in Wuhan, the location of the first outbreak, that was most aptly described as a cordon sanitaire. Katy Steinmetz, Time, 9 Mar. 2020 Many analysts have long assumed the CDU’s anti-AfD cordon sanitaire would eventually buckle in one state or another. The Economist, 6 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of cordon sanitaire

1920, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cordon sanitaire

borrowed from French, literally, "sanitary cordon," originally in reference to a line of military posts or other barriers enclosing a community stricken by an infectious disease

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The first known use of cordon sanitaire was in 1920

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“Cordon sanitaire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cordon%20sanitaire. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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