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From Middle English frounter, from Old French fronter (whence Modern French frontière), from front.



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frontier (plural frontiers)

  1. The part of a country which borders or faces another country or unsettled region
    • 1979, Richard Elphic and Hermann Guilomee (editors), The shaping of South African Society, 1652 - 1820, page 297:
      Unlike a boundary, which evokes the image of a line on a map and demarcates spheres of political control, the frontier is an area where colonisation is taking authority is recognised as legitimate by all parties or is able to excersise undisputed control over the area.
  2. The most advanced or recent version of something; leading edge.
    the frontier of civilization
  3. (obsolete) An outwork of a fortification.


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  1. Lying on the exterior part; bordering; coterminous.
    a frontier town



frontier (third-person singular simple present frontiers, present participle frontiering, simple past and past participle frontiered)

  1. (intransitive) To live as pioneers on frontier territory.
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To place on the frontier.
    • 1633, Edmund Spenser, A Vewe of the Present State of Irelande  [], Dublin: [] Sir James Ware; reprinted as A View of the State of Ireland [], Dublin: [] the Society of Stationers, [] Hibernian Press,  [] By John Morrison, 1809:
      now that it is no more a Border, nor frontiered with Enemies, why should such Privileges be any more continued?