land forming a border or frontier.
an uncertain, intermediate district, space, or condition.

Origin of borderland

First recorded in 1805–15; border + land Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for borderland

frontier, fringe, edge, march, boundary, marchland

Examples from the Web for borderland

Contemporary Examples of borderland

Historical Examples of borderland

  • Let me see you win your spurs here in the Borderland, and then—to America you go!'

    Sure Pop and the Safety Scouts

    Roy Rutherford Bailey

  • And if ever he did get beyond the borderland he would do the most amazing things.

  • I asked somewhat hazily, for I was still on the borderland of dreams.

    The Tory Maid

    Herbert Baird Stimpson

  • They stood encamped on the borderland of the Unknown realm to which they belonged.

    The White Invaders

    Raymond King Cummings

  • He was on the borderland between life and death, his feet were at the brink.

    Northern Lights

    Gilbert Parker

British Dictionary definitions for borderland



land located on or near a frontier or boundary
an indeterminate regionthe borderland between intellect and intelligence
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