Meaning of “buffer state” in the English Dictionary

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"buffer state" in British English

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buffer statenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈbʌf.ə ˌsteɪt/ us /ˈbʌf.ɚ ˌsteɪt/

a peaceful country between two larger countries, that reduces the chances of war between them

(Definition of “buffer state” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)