Meaning of demilitarized zone

demil'itarized zone"

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. an area in which it is forbidden to station military forces or maintain military installations.
  2. any area, place, or circumstance in which conflicts or hostilities are held in abeyance. Abbr.: DMZ
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