lim·​i·​trophe ˈli-mə-ˌtrōf How to pronounce limitrophe (audio)
: situated on a border or frontier : adjacent
the area limitrophe to the river

Word History


French, from Late Latin limitrophus bordering upon, literally, providing subsistence for frontier troops, irregular from Latin limit-, limes boundary + Greek trophos feeder, from trephein to nourish

First Known Use

1763, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of limitrophe was in 1763

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Cite this Entry

“Limitrophe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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