One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An enclosure or the enclosing wall of a fortified place.
- ‘The early settlement was sparse, but this changed around 625 BC, when a substantial defensive wall was built across the neck of the promontory and roughly aligned stone houses were constructed within the enceinte.’
- ‘There are circles all around its walls and enceintes.’
- ‘Some very strongly fortified castles of this class have an additional wall set a short distance out from the main enceinte and concentric with it.’
- ‘Within the enceinte the regular town plan can be discerned: it is based on elongated insulae of classical type running downhill.’
Early 18th century: from French, from Latin incincta, feminine past participle of incingere ‘gird in’, from in- ‘in’ + cingere ‘to gird’.
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- ‘Who will watch a channel presented by an obviously enceinte woman?’
- ‘Rather, you might ‘suggest’ to your beloved that his attentions to the enceinte neighbor lady are inappropriate, as well as hurtful.’
Early 17th century: from French.
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