One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A portion of territory of one state completely surrounded by territory of another or others, as viewed by the home territory.Compare with enclave
- ‘Earlier Wednesday, fierce winds snapped the mast of a Polish sailboat in the Baltic Sea off the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad.’
- ‘The autonomous region of Nakhichevan formed an exclave within Armenia, while a second area, that of Nagorno Karabagh, inhabited by Christian Armenians and claimed by Armenia, lay within the Republic.’
- ‘And the only neighbours of the Russian exclave, Poland and Lithuania, were not invited to the festivities.’
- ‘Now a Russian exclave between Poland and Lithuania, the city was formerly called Königsberg, the capital of East Prussia and was annexed by the Russians at the end of World War II.’
Late 19th century: from ex- ‘out’ + a shortened form of enclave.
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