The part of a town that is under the control of one particular division of a police department is an example of a precinct.
Origin of precinct
- 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 kenk- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Middle English early 15th century, in sense of “district for government purposes", from Medieval Latin precinctum, alternative form of praecinctum (“enclosure, boundary line"), neuter singular of praecinctus, perfect passive participle of Latin praecingÅ (“surround, gird"), from prae (“before") + cingÅ (“surround, encircle"), from which also cinch.
- Cognate to Italian precingere (“to encircle").