Definition of marchlands in English:


plural noun

  • (chiefly in historical contexts) an area of land on the border between two countries or territories.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Some historians have displayed a willingness to engage with the study of a variety of non-national entities such as border zones and marchlands.’
    borders, boundaries, borderlands, frontiers, limits, confines
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