- a country, or especially, an outlying portion of a country, entirely or mostly surrounded by the territory of another country.
- any small, distinct area or group enclosed or isolated within a larger one: a Chinese-speaking enclave in London.
- to isolate or enclose (especially territory) within a foreign or uncongenial environment; make an enclave of: The desert enclaved the little settlement.
Origin of enclave
Related Words for enclavepeninsula, reef, archipelago, enclave, islet, isle, territory, reserve, province, sector, land, neighborhood, district, zone, area, country, terrain, colony, nation, field
Examples from the Web for enclave
Contemporary Examples of enclave
Because Boone is a Democratic enclave thanks in part to the college students.In North Carolina, GOP Overreach May Be More Unpopular Than Obama
November 3, 2014
In an ultra-Orthodox enclave of upstate New York, a former student has accused a principal of sex acts.This 'Holy Guy'—and Grandfather of 100—Is Accused of Sexually Abusing a Student
September 9, 2014
Property worth £350m was unoccupied on The Bishops Avenue, an exclusive street in a north London enclave.London’s Oligarch Ghost Town
June 16, 2014
Are the settlers occupying the enclave in Hebron that Netanyahu wishes to solidify willing to become Palestinian citizens?Clashes at Al Aqsa, Speeches at the UNGA
September 27, 2013
Its smugglers are a vital lifeline between that Hamas-ruled enclave and the outside world.Battle for the Sinai
July 15, 2013
Historical Examples of enclave
Not that Walt was a mugger—as far as I know; but that's the pattern of the enclave.The Day of the Boomer Dukes
He wondered if anyone had missed him back at the Enclave, yet.
I just thought I'd tell you about the doings in the Enclave when we land.
The Russians flex their 200-men muscles in an enclave in the Pristina airport.After the Rain
The small republic of San Marino is the only other enclave in Italian territory.
- a part of a country entirely surrounded by foreign territory: viewed from the position of the surrounding territoriesCompare exclave
Word Origin for enclave
Word Origin and History for enclave
1868, from French enclave, from Old French enclaver "enclose, comprise, include" (13c.), from Late Latin inclavare "shut in, lock up," from Latin in- "in" (see in- (2)) + clavis "key" (see slot (n.2)). Enclaved "surrounded by land owned by another" is attested in English from mid-15c., from Middle French enclaver.
- A detached mass of tissue enclosed in tissue of another kind.