- The definition of a precinct is a part of a district or town set aside for police or voting purposes.
The part of a town that is under the control of one particular division of a police department is an example of a precinct.
precinct definition by Webster's New World
- an enclosure between buildings, walls, etc.
- Brit. the grounds immediately surrounding a religious house or church
- environs; a neighborhood
- a division of a city, as for police administration
- a subdivision of a ward, as for voting purposes
- Brit. an area in a town closed to motor traffic, as for shopping
- any limited area, as of thought
- a boundary
Origin: Middle English precincte ; from Midieval Latin praecinctum ; from Classical Latin praecinctus, past participle of praecingere, to encompass ; from prae-, before (see pre-) plush cingere, to surround, gird (see cinch)
precinct definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. A subdivision or district of a city or town under the jurisdiction of or patrolled by a specific unit of its police force.b. The police station situated in and having jurisdiction over such a district.
- An election district of a city or town.
- a. A place or enclosure marked off by definite limits, such as walls. Often used in the plural: the mysterious precincts of the old monastery.b. A boundary: Hunting is not allowed within the precincts of the estate.
- precincts The neighborhood or surrounding area; the environs.
- An area of thought or action; a province or domain. Often used in the plural: “It was in these spacious precincts that Dryden's imagination was most at home” (Mark Van Doren).
Origin: Middle English precincte, a defined district or area, from Medieval Latin praecīnctum, from Latin, neuter past participle of praecingere, to encircle : prae-, pre- + cingere, to gird; see kenk- in Indo-European roots.