cordon sanitairecor·don sa·ni·taire
- a barrier restraining free movement of people or goods, so as to keep a disease, infection, etc. from spreading from one locality into another
- a belt of countries serving to isolate another country and check its aggressiveness or lessen its influence
Origin of cordon sanitaireFr, literally , sanitary cordon
nounpl. cor·dons sa·ni·taires,
- A barrier designed to prevent a disease or other undesirable condition from spreading.
- A chain of buffer states organized around a ideologically dangerous or potentially hostile nation.
Origin of cordon sanitaireFrench quarantine line cordon line sanitaire sanitary
(plural cordons sanitaires)