Definition of border state in English:

border state

Syllabification: bor·der state

Entry from US English dictionary

noun

1Any of the slave states that bordered the northern free states during the US Civil War. See also Border States.
1.1A US state that borders Canada or Mexico.
1.2A small country that borders a larger, more powerful country or that lies between two larger countries.

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