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[ out-skurt ]


  1. Often outskirts. the outlying district or region, as of a city, metropolitan area, or the like:

    to live on the outskirts of town; a sparsely populated outskirt.

  2. Usually outskirts. the border or fringes of a specified quality, condition, or the like:

    the outskirts of respectability.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of outskirt1

First recorded in 1590–1600; out- + skirt

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Example Sentences

The launch came from the third planet out from a G-type star, 25,000 light-years from the center of a galaxy called the Milky Way, itself located on the outskirts of the Virgo Cluster of galaxies.

Someone made a group text about it on GroupMe, and the GroupMe groups multiplied to connect people seeking giant expensive Airbnbs in the outskirts of Boston, renting retreat cabins in Utah, and taking rooms on Memorial Drive.

Nguyen says it’s as if Jupiter traveled beyond the Kuiper Belt—a region of mainly icy, dusty debris, around the outskirts of our solar system.

After our tour of the Downtown Project, we head to the outskirts of the area.

Maradona’s rise from extreme poverty on the outskirts of Buenos Aires to a World Cup championship in 1986 made him a hero to Argentines and soccer fans everywhere.

We resided at Derby in a terrace on the outskirt of the town, much to my dislike, for monotonous rows of houses I have ever hated.

Parings from that outskirt, what are these compared with Silesia, a horrid gash into the vital parts?

Young Donald, in his homespun tartan, stood on the outskirt of the little crowd that surrounded her, listening.

In this way I worked along until I was beyond the northern outskirt of the town.

Outskirt, owt′skėrt, n. the outer skirt: border: suburb—often used in pl.