frontier

noun fron·tier \ ˌfrən-ˈtir , ˈfrən-ˌtir , frän-ˈtir , ˈfrän-ˌtir \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of frontier

1 a :a border between two countries
  • the frontier between Canada and the U.S.
b obsolete :a stronghold on a frontier
2 a :a region that forms the margin of settled or developed territory
  • were sent on an expedition to explore the western frontier
b :the farthermost limits of knowledge or achievement in a particular subject
  • frontiers in immunology
c :a line of division between different or opposed things
  • the frontiers separating science and the humanities
  • —R. W. Clark
d :a new field for exploitative or developmental activity
  • … the brain lies before us as one of the last scientific frontiers here on earth.
  • —Robert Klitzman

frontier

adjective

Examples of frontier in a Sentence

  1. the frontier between Canada and the U.S.

  2. They were sent on an expedition to explore the western frontier.

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Origin and Etymology of frontier

Middle English fronter, from Anglo-French frountere, fronter, from front

frontier Synonyms

Synonyms
border, borderland, march
Related Words
no-man's-land

FRONTIER Defined for English Language Learners

frontier

noun

Definition of frontier for English Language Learners

  • : a border between two countries

  • : a distant area where few people live

  • : the limits of knowledge in a particular field


FRONTIER Defined for Kids

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frontier

noun fron·tier \ ˌfrən-ˈtir \

Definition of frontier for Students

1 :a border between two countries
2 :the edge of the settled part of a country

2

frontier

adjective

Definition of frontier for Students

:of, living in, or situated in the frontier
  • frontier towns
  • frontier families


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