Other Word Forms of Precinct
Origin of Precinct
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 praecingō (“surround, gird"), from prae (“before") + cingō (“surround, encircle"), from which also cinch.
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
Cognate to Italian precingere (“to encircle").
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