Definition of outskirts in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈoutˌskərts/

plural noun

1The outer parts of a town or city: the park was built on the outskirts of New York in 1857
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  • In recent years, the allotment of plots is speeding up in towns and on the outskirts of the bigger cities.
  • The former, for example, resulted in the creation of shanty towns on the outskirts of the major cities.
  • Camera crews spent two days filming in the red light district on the outskirts of Bolton town centre.
outlying districts, edges, fringes, suburbs, suburbia, bedroom community, commuter shed;
purlieus, borders, environs
1.1The fringes of something: he likes to be on the outskirts of a discussion


Late 16th century: from out + skirt.

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Syllabification: out·skirts

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