no-man's-land

noun

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
: an anomalous, ambiguous, or indefinite area especially of operation, application, or jurisdiction
the no-man's-land between art and science

Examples of no-man's-land in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When this happens, their planet goes back and forth between being a searing, endless stretch of desert or frozen no-man's-land. Jp Mangalindan, Peoplemag, 29 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of no-man's-land was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“No-man's-land.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/no-man%27s-land. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

no-man's-land

noun
ˈnō-ˌmanz-ˌland
1
: an unoccupied area between opposing armies
2
: an area of indefinite or uncertain character
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