Definition of outskirts in English:

outskirts

plural noun

  • 1The outer parts of a town or city.

    ‘the park was built on the outskirts of New York in 1857’
    • ‘The former, for example, resulted in the creation of shanty towns on the outskirts of the major cities.’
    • ‘On the outskirts of a city, visibility is limited to the first row of houses.’
    • ‘Previously, visitors avoided using it and parked on the outskirts of town.’
    • ‘The site covers 17 acres of the most valuable tracts of land on the outskirts of the city.’
    • ‘Camera crews spent two days filming in the red light district on the outskirts of Bolton town centre.’
    • ‘Gardaí believe the youths had earlier crashed a car on the outskirts of the city at Mallow Road.’
    • ‘On the outskirts of the city by the river I watch washerwomen scrub clothes at giant water tanks.’
    • ‘It's hard to say because there were so many wonderful things from the people to the beaches on the outskirts of the city.’
    • ‘The following year, the council put forward a suggestion to create an open air school on the outskirts of the city.’
    • ‘Then there are all the large pubs on the outskirts of our towns and villages whose car parks are full at night.’
    • ‘In recent years, the allotment of plots is speeding up in towns and on the outskirts of the bigger cities.’
    • ‘This involved a day-long excursion to a farm and lake on the outskirts of the city.’
    • ‘Not everyone is agreed that Green Lane on the outskirts of the town, as it is at the moment, is the ideal place for a hospital.’
    • ‘On the outskirts of town, soldiers in fatigues continued to focus on their search.’
    • ‘The place hums with urgent activity, but on the outskirts of the town the simpler pleasures in life are easier to find.’
    • ‘On the outskirts of the city, a modern toll road appears from nowhere and soars over lush rice fields.’
    • ‘My first term was spent sharing a room with a schoolfriend in a motel on the outskirts of the city.’
    • ‘But we also have reduced road space and built I don't know how many new homes on the outskirts of town.’
    • ‘It formally began manufacturing at its facility on the outskirts of Carlow town six weeks ago.’
    • ‘Our hotel was in a suburb on the outskirts of the city, and was noticeably shabbier than the one we had in Newark.’
    outlying districts, edges, fringes, suburbs, suburbia
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    1. 1.1 The fringes of something.
      ‘he likes to be on the outskirts of a discussion’

Origin

Late 16th century: from out + skirt.

Pronunciation

outskirts

/ˈaʊtˌskərts//ˈoutˌskərts/