Definition of outskirts in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈaʊtskəːts/

plural noun

The outer parts of a town or city: he built a new factory on the outskirts of Birmingham
More example sentences
  • 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;
purlieus, borders, periphery, margin, boundary;
surrounding area/district, environs;
French faubourg, banlieue;
Spanish barrio


Late 16th century: from out + skirt.

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