enceinte

1 [en-seynt, ahn-sant; French ahn-sant]
adjective
pregnant; with child.

Origin:
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

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enceinte

2 [en-seynt, ahn-sant; French ahn-sant]
noun, plural enceintes [en-seynts, en-sants; French ahn-sant] .
1.
a wall or enclosure, as of a fortified place.
2.
the place enclosed.

Origin:
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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enceinte1 (ɒnˈsænt, French ɑ̃sɛ̃t)
 
adj
another word for pregnant
 
[C17: from French, from Latin inciēns pregnant; related to Greek enkuos, from kuein to be pregnant]

enceinte2 (ɒnˈsænt, French ɑ̃sɛ̃t)
 
n
1.  a boundary wall enclosing a defended area
2.  the area enclosed
 
[C18: from French: enclosure, from enceindre to encompass, from Latin incingere, from cingere to gird]

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enceinte
c.1600, from Fr. enceinte "pregnant," from L.L. incincta "ungirt," from L. in- priv. prefix + cincta, fem. of cinctus, pp. of cingere "to gird" (see cinch).
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Essentially the enceinte is the entire fortified enclosure of the castle precincts.
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