enceinte

1
[en-seynt, ahn-sant; French ahn-sant]
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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

enceinte

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[en-seynt, ahn-sant; French ahn-sant]
noun, plural en·ceintes [en-seynts, en-sants; French ahn-sant] /ɛnˈseɪnts, ɛnˈsænts; French ɑ̃ˈsɛ̃t/.
  1. a wall or enclosure, as of a fortified place.
  2. the place enclosed.

Origin of enceinte

2
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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Related Words for enceinte

expecting, fortification, gestate

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British Dictionary definitions for enceinte

enceinte

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adjective
  1. another word for pregnant

Word Origin for enceinte

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

enceinte

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noun
  1. a boundary wall enclosing a defended area
  2. 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
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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