Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: bordure, from border 'to border', from bort 'border'


1 noun
bor‧der1 S3 W2 [countable]
1SG the official line that separates two countries, states, or areas, or the area close to this lineCOLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS
on the border across/over the border cross the border a common/shared border border town border region/area border controls border guard border crossing border dispute (=a disagreement about where the border should be) north/south/east/west of the border
the German-Polish border
border between
The river lies on the border between the US and Mexico.
border with
regular patrols along the border with France
a market town on the border of England and Wales
He fled across the border to freedom.
To cross the border, you will need a valid passport.
The two governments have settled their differences over their common border.
the border town of El Paso, Texas
The coach took us south of the border to Tia Juana.
2 a band along or around the edge of something such as a picture or piece of material:
writing paper with a black border
3DLG an area of soil where you plant flowers or bushes, along the edge of an area of grass:
a flower and shrub border
4 something that separates one situation, state etc from another:
new scientific discoveries that are stretching the borders of knowledge

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