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enceinte

1
[ en-seynt, ahn-sant; French ahn-sant ]
/ ɛnˈseɪnt, ɑnˈsænt; French ɑ̃ˈsɛ̃t /
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adjective

pregnant; with child.

RELATED WORDS

expecting, fortification, gestate

Nearby words

encase, encasement, encash, encastré, encaustic, enceinte, enceladus, encephal-, encephalalgia, encephalasthenia, encephalatrophy

Origin of enceinte

1
1590–1600; < Middle French < Late Latin incincta, perhaps literally “ungirded,” equivalent to Latin in- in-3 + cincta, feminine of cinctus, past participle of cingere to belt, gird, surround

Definition for enceinte (2 of 2)

enceinte

2
[ en-seynt, ahn-sant; French ahn-sant ]
/ ɛnˈseɪnt, ɑnˈsænt; French ɑ̃ˈsɛ̃t /

noun, plural en·ceintes [en-seynts, en-sants; French ahn-sant] /ɛnˈseɪnts, ɛnˈsænts; French ɑ̃ˈsɛ̃t/.

a wall or enclosure, as of a fortified place.
the place enclosed.

Origin of enceinte

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1700–10; < French: enclosure, also girding fence or rampart < Latin incincta, noun use of feminine of incinctus girded in (past participle of incingere), equivalent to in- in-2 + cing- gird + -tus past participle suffix
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British Dictionary definitions for enceinte (1 of 2)

enceinte

1
/ (ɒnˈsænt, French ɑ̃sɛ̃t) /

adjective

another word for pregnant

Word Origin for enceinte

C17: from French, from Latin inciēns pregnant; related to Greek enkuos, from kuein to be pregnant

British Dictionary definitions for enceinte (2 of 2)

enceinte

2
/ (ɒnˈsænt, French ɑ̃sɛ̃t) /

noun

a boundary wall enclosing a defended area
the area enclosed

Word Origin for enceinte

C18: from French: enclosure, from enceindre to encompass, from Latin incingere, from cingere to gird
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Word Origin and History for enceinte

enceinte


adj.

c.1600, insente, from French enceinte "pregnant" (12c.), from Late Latin incincta (source of Italian incinta), usually explained as "ungirt," from Latin in-, privative prefix (see in- (1)), + cincta, fem. of cinctus, past participle of cingere "to gird" (see cinch). Modern form is 18c., perhaps a reborrowing from French.

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