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
- ‘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.’
- ‘Earlier Wednesday, fierce winds snapped the mast of a Polish sailboat in the Baltic Sea off the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘And the only neighbours of the Russian exclave, Poland and Lithuania, were not invited to the festivities.’
Late 19th century: from ex- ‘out’ + a shortened form of enclave.
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