verb (used with object), en·claved, en·clav·ing.
Origin of enclave
Related Words for enclavinginundate, besiege, envelop, ring, circle, beleaguer, bound, beset, gird, rim, verge, circumscribe, encompass, skirt, circumvent, border, limit, confine, blockade, compass
Word Origin 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.