enclosure

[en-kloh-zher]

noun


Nearby words

  1. enclave,
  2. enclitic,
  3. enclose,
  4. enclosed,
  5. enclosed order,
  6. enclosure act,
  7. enclothe,
  8. encode,
  9. encoding,
  10. encoignure

Also inclosure.

Origin of enclosure

1530–40; enclose + -ure; compare Anglo-French enclosure

Related formsnon·en·clo·sure, nounpre·en·clo·sure, nounsem·i·en·clo·sure, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for enclosure

enclosure

inclosure

noun

the act of enclosing or state of being enclosed
a region or area enclosed by or as if by a fence
  1. the act of appropriating land, esp common land, by putting a hedge or other barrier around it
  2. historysuch 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
a fence, wall, etc, that serves to enclose
something, esp a supporting document, enclosed within an envelope or wrapper, esp together with a letter
British a section of a sports ground, racecourse, etc, allotted to certain spectators
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Word Origin and History for enclosure

enclosure

n.

mid-15c., "action of enclosing," from enclose + -ure. Meaning "that which is enclosed" is from 1550s.

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