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enceinte1

[en-seynt, ahn-sant; French ahn-sant] /ɛnˈseɪnt, ɑnˈsænt; French ɑ̃ˈsɛ̃t/
adjective
1.
pregnant; with child.
Origin
1590-1600
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

enceinte2

[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)
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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  • Essentially the enceinte is the entire fortified enclosure of the castle precincts.
British Dictionary definitions for enceinte

enceinte1

/ɒnˈsænt; French ɑ̃sɛ̃t/
adjective
1.
another word for pregnant
Word Origin
C17: from French, from Latin inciēns pregnant; related to Greek enkuos, from kuein to be pregnant

enceinte2

/ɒnˈsænt; French ɑ̃sɛ̃t/
noun
1.
a boundary wall enclosing a defended area
2.
the area enclosed
Word Origin
C18: from French: enclosure, from enceindre to encompass, from Latin incingere, from cingere to gird
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Word Origin and History for enceinte
adj.

c.1600, insente, from French enceinte "pregnant" (12c.), from Late Latin incincta (source of Italian incinta), usually explained as "ungirt," from Latin in-, privative prefix (see in- (1)), + cincta, fem. of cinctus, past participle of cingere "to gird" (see cinch). Modern form is 18c., perhaps a reborrowing from French.

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