no–man's–land

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noun \ˈnō-ˌmanz-ˌland\

Definition of no–man's–land

  1. 1 a :  an area of unowned, unclaimed, or uninhabited land b :  an unoccupied area between opposing armies c :  an area not suitable or used for occupation or habitation <downtown was a retailing no–man's–land>

  2. 2 :  an anomalous, ambiguous, or indefinite area especially of operation, application, or jurisdiction <the no–man's–land between art and science>

14th Century

First Known Use of no–man's–land

14th century


NO–MAN'S–LAND Defined for English Language Learners

no–man's–land

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noun \ˈnō-ˌmanz-ˌland\

Definition of no–man's–land for English Language Learners

  • : an area of land between two countries or armies that is not controlled by anyone


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