no-man's-land

noun \ ˈnō-ˌmanz-ˌland \

Definition of no-man's-land

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

First Known Use of no-man's-land

14th century


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

no-man's-land

noun

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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