AskDefine | Define outskirts

Dictionary Definition

outskirts n : outlying areas (as of a city or town); "they lived on the outskirts of Houston"; "they mingled in the outskirts of the crowd"

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. Plural of outskirt; the edges or areas around a city or town.
    He lived on the outskirts of Paris for a time.

Usage notes

  • The plural is used much more often than the singular


Extensive Definition

Outskirts may refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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