out·​skirt ˈau̇t-ˌskərt How to pronounce outskirt (audio)
: a part remote from the center : border
usually used in plural
on the outskirts of town

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Ukrainian soldiers from an intelligence conduct a patrol and monitoring operation on the outskirt of the separatist region of Donetsk (Donbas), May 17. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 1 June 2022 Whereas many of the new arrivals are women and children, the vast majority of refugees and migrants who have been stuck in the outskirt camps are young men from the Middle East and North Africa. Washington Post, 11 Mar. 2022 Despite state-level lockdowns, earlier this week, several farmers from Punjab and Haryana travelled to protest sites on the outskirt of Delhi to support those who have been sitting at the border of the national capital since November. Niharika Sharma, Quartz, 25 May 2021 Take a journey through Dry Creek Valley, just on the outskirt of Healdsburg, or stop through Sonoma’s Los Carneros on your way back down south. Urmila Ramakrishnan, SFChronicle.com, 27 Oct. 2017 Gonzalez, whose district covers parts of the U.S.-Mexico border along with the outskirts of San Antonio, fell approximately 12 feet while working around his home in McAllen, the statement said. Andrew O'reilly | Fox News, Fox News, 5 May 2020 On the outskirts of Baghdad in 2007 during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Mantz was critically wounded. Jay Jones, Los Angeles Times, 29 Apr. 2020 Over several days in late February, at least at the Jamek Mosque in Kuala Lumpur's outskirts to pray, eat and listen to sermons in an annual act to renew their faith. Emily Ding, Washington Post, 28 Apr. 2020 At Kongevejens Skole, a state primarily school on the outskirts of the capital, a rare sight: kids playing together. NBC News, 24 Apr. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1599, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of outskirt was circa 1599

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“Outskirt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outskirt. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

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