out·​skirt | \ ˈau̇t-ˌskərt How to pronounce outskirt (audio) \

Definition of outskirt

: a part remote from the center : border usually used in plural on the outskirts of town

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Imabetsu has no supermarkets and no restaurants, cafés or snack bars, bar the konbini (convenience store) on the outskirts of the town. The Economist, "Rural areas bear the burden of Japan’s ageing, shrinking population," 29 June 2019 Real estate developer Henry Huntington bought up land on the outskirts of Los Angeles in the late 1890s. National Geographic, "These five maps reveal how transit and geography can shape a city," 27 June 2019 A dozen years ago, his foundation established a 300-bed hospital on the outskirts of his hometown of Kinshasa. Mike Stobbe, The Denver Post, "Dikembe Mutombo records Ebola messages for U.S. officials," 24 June 2019 Noyola, who is a trans Latinx activist herself, works with members of her community to change the laws and the culture that keeps trans women on the outskirts of society, and has done so for the last decade. Alicia Garza, Marie Claire, "Trans Women Don’t Want Your Sympathy. They Want to Be Treated as Human Beings.," 24 June 2019 Amarillo’s helium stockpile is on the outskirts of town, 17 miles from that hotel, and about 3,500 feet underground. Laura Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Global helium market faces more uncertainty as government prepares to sell its stockpile stored in Texas," 21 June 2019 The centrist congressman has represented Texas' 28th Congressional District, which stretches from Laredo and other border communities along the Rio Grande to the outskirts of San Antonio, since 2005. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "Texas congressman's former intern challenges him in Democratic primary," 20 June 2019 Pictured, a shop owner waits for customers on the outskirts of Beijing, in 2017. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "China Risks Real Hard Landing This Time," 23 Jan. 2019 The scandal arose over a truck that had shuttled around the outskirts of the city of Guadalajara with its macabre load in recent days, being chased out each time neighbors complained about the smell. Fox News, "Mexico fires morgue director in corpse scandal," 18 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of outskirt

circa 1599, in the meaning defined above

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