a territorial border or frontier; a region adjacent to a boundary line; a confine; used chiefly in the plural, and in english history applied especially to the border land on the frontiers between England and Scotland, and England and wales. Geneva is situated in the marches of several dominions France, savoy, and Switzerland. (Fuller) Lords of waste marches, kings of desolate isles. (Tennyson)
Origin: oe. Marche, f. Marche; of german origin; cf. OHG. Marcha, g. Mark, akin to os. Marka, as. Mearc, goth. Marka, L. Margo edge, border, margin, and possibly to E. Mark a sign. 106. Cf. Margin, Margrave, Marque, Marquis.