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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
1930-1935
1930-35
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Word Origin and History for demilitarized zone
demilitarized zone
attested by 1921 (the Versailles Treaty uses neutralized zone).
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