de-militarized zone

demilitarized zone

noun
1.
an area in which it is forbidden to station military forces or maintain military installations.
2.
Informal. any area, place, or circumstance in which conflicts or hostilities are held in abeyance. Abbreviation: DMZ

Origin:
1930–35

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demilitarized zone
attested by 1921 (the Versailles Treaty uses neutralized zone).
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