A wooded area with no civilized life on the borders of a town is an example of the wilderness.
- A large tract of land that has not been significantly affected by human activities.
- A barren or desolate area; a wasteland.
A wilderness of unknown city streets; a wilderness of voices.
Origin of wilderness
- Middle English from Old English wilddēornes probably from wilddēor wild beast wilde wild dēor wild animal
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Either from unattested Old English *wilddÄ“ornes (cognate with Dutch wildernis, German Wildnis), or from Old English wilddÄ“oren (“wild, savage") + -nes (“-ness").