Main definitions of enceinte in English

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enceinte1

noun

Archaic
  • An enclosure or the enclosing wall of a fortified place.

    • ‘Within the enceinte the regular town plan can be discerned: it is based on elongated insulae of classical type running downhill.’
    • ‘There are circles all around its walls and enceintes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

Early 18th century: from French, from Latin incincta, feminine past participle of incingere gird in from in- in + cingere to gird.

Pronunciation:

enceinte

/änˈsant/

Main definitions of enceinte in English

: enceinte1enceinte2

enceinte2

adjective

Archaic
  • Pregnant.

    • ‘Rather, you might ‘suggest’ to your beloved that his attentions to the enceinte neighbor lady are inappropriate, as well as hurtful.’
    • ‘Who will watch a channel presented by an obviously enceinte woman?’
    expecting a baby, having a baby, with a baby on the way, having a child, expectant, carrying a child
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Origin

Early 17th century: from French.

Pronunciation:

enceinte

/änˈsant/