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enceinte

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[ en-seynt, ahn-sant; French ahn-sant ]
/ ɛnˈseɪnt, ɑnˈsænt; French ɑ̃ˈsɛ̃t /
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adjective
pregnant; with child.
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Origin of enceinte

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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

Other definitions for enceinte (2 of 2)

enceinte2
[ 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)

enceinte1
/ (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)

enceinte2
/ (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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