Enceinte meaning

ĕn-sānt, än-sănt
An encircling fortification, as around a fort, castle, or town.
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The line of works enclosing a fortified place.
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Carrying an unborn child; pregnant.
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A structure or an area protected by an encircling fortification.
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The space so enclosed.
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Pregnant; with child.
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(archaic) Pregnant.
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The line of works forming the main enclosure of a fortress.
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The area or town enclosed by a line of fortification.
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Origin of enceinte

  • French from Late Latin incīncta from feminine past participle of incingere to surround closely Latin in- in in–2 Latin cingere to gird kenk- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • French from Old French ultimately from Latin inciēns pregnant keuə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowing from French enceinte.

    From Wiktionary