1590-1600; < Middle French < Late Latinincincta, perhaps literally “ungirded,” equivalent to Latinin-in-3 + cincta, feminine of cinctus, past participle of cingere to belt, gird, surround
[en-seynt, ahn-sant; French ahn-sant] /ɛnˈseɪnt, ɑnˈsænt; French ɑ̃ˈsɛ̃t/
noun, plural enceintes
[en-seynts, en-sants; French ahn-sant] /ɛnˈseɪnts, ɛnˈsænts; French ɑ̃ˈsɛ̃t/ (Show IPA)
a wall or enclosure, as of a fortified place.
the place enclosed.
1700-10; < French: enclosure, also girding fence or rampart < Latinincincta, noun use of feminine of incinctus girded in (past participle of incingere), equivalent to in-in-2 + cing- gird + -tus past participle suffix