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[en-kloh-zher] /ɛnˈkloʊ ʒər/
something that encloses, as a fence or wall.
something that is enclosed, as a paper sent in a letter.
the separation and appropriation of land by means of a fence.
a tract of land surrounded by a fence.
an act or instance of enclosing.
the state of being enclosed.
Roman Catholic Church. the part of a monastery or convent canonically separated or restricted as the living quarters of the religious, from which a person may leave only with special permission or gain entrance to by special dispensation.
Also, inclosure.
Origin of enclosure
1530-40; enclose + -ure; compare Anglo-French enclosure
Related forms
nonenclosure, noun
preenclosure, noun
semienclosure, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The White-Coats retreated into an enclosure and there defended themselves to the last man.

  • Within all that enclosure there seemed no one possessed of any calm.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • Shortly after came the sound of many feet, and soon the royal impi filed into the enclosure.

    Adventures in Swaziland Owen Rowe O'Neil
  • Moving from enclosure to enclosure of box, she came, before she knew it, to the house itself.

  • Here the voices of the officers grew indistinct, as they had turned upon their course and gone to the far end of the enclosure.

    Old Farm Fairies: Henry Christopher McCook
British Dictionary definitions for enclosure


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. (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
a fence, wall, etc, that serves to enclose
something, esp a supporting document, enclosed within an envelope or wrapper, esp together with a letter
(Brit) a section of a sports ground, racecourse, etc, allotted to certain spectators
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Word Origin and History for enclosure

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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