One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(chiefly in historical contexts) an area of land on the border between two countries or territories.
borders, boundaries, borderlands, frontiers, limits, confinesView synonyms
- ‘Conditions were very different in the marchlands beyond the Pale and still more so in the Irish areas.’
- ‘He presents a wealth of instances ranging from the far east to the far west of states undergoing invasions from their marchlands.’
- ‘In the teaching of European history, it is the marchlands of Empire, Castile, France, Prussia, that have often fought their way to greatness and fame.’
- ‘Some historians have displayed a willingness to engage with the study of a variety of non-national entities such as border zones and marchlands.’
- ‘The march-lands and the countryside may have formulated the ideology of nationalism.’
- ‘The increased costs of the new governor and garrison far outstripped the profits of the wasted marchlands confiscated from Kildare and the Church.’
- ‘The successful implementation of Tudor reform in Wales came to be seen as offering a blueprint for the reduction of other borderlands to peace and civility, despite the fundamental differences between these marchlands.’
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