[ en-kloh-zher ]
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  1. something that encloses, as a fence or wall.

  2. something that is enclosed in or along with something else, as a photograph sent in a letter.

  1. an area, such as a plot of ground or an indoor surface, surrounded by a fence, rope, or other barrier.

  2. the separation and appropriation of land by means of a fence.

  3. an act or instance of enclosing.

  4. the state of being enclosed.

  5. Roman Catholic Church. the part of a monastery or convent canonically separated or restricted as the living quarters of the religious, which a person may leave only with special permission or gain entrance to by special dispensation.

Origin of enclosure

First recorded in 1450–1500; enclose + -ure
  • Also in·clo·sure [in-kloh-zher] /ɪnˈkloʊ ʒər/ .

Other words from enclosure

  • non·en·clo·sure, noun
  • pre·en·clo·sure, noun
  • sem·i·en·clo·sure, noun

Words Nearby enclosure

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How to use enclosure in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for enclosure



/ (ɪnˈkləʊʒə) /

  1. the act of enclosing or state of being enclosed

  2. a region or area enclosed by or as if by a fence

    • the act of appropriating land, esp common land, by putting a hedge or other barrier around it

    • history such acts as were carried out at various periods in England, esp between the 12th and 14th centuries and finally in the 18th and 19th centuries

  1. a fence, wall, etc, that serves to enclose

  2. something, esp a supporting document, enclosed within an envelope or wrapper, esp together with a letter

  3. British a section of a sports ground, racecourse, etc, allotted to certain spectators

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