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[pree-singkt] /ˈpri sɪŋkt/
a district, as of a city, marked out for governmental or administrative purposes, or for police protection.
Also called precinct house. the police station in such a district.
Also called election district. one of a fixed number of districts, each containing one polling place, into which a city, town, etc., is divided for voting purposes.
a space or place of definite or understood limits.
Often, precincts. an enclosing boundary or limit.
precincts, the parts or regions immediately surrounding a place; environs:
the precincts of a town.
Chiefly British. the ground immediately surrounding a church, temple, or the like.
a walled or otherwise bounded or limited space within which a building or place is situated.
Origin of precinct
1350-1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin praecinctum, noun use of neuter of Latin praecinctus, past participle of praecingere to gird about, surround, equivalent to prae- pre- + cing- (stem of cingere to surround; cf. cinch1) + -tus past participle suffix
1. ward. 4. territory. 8. compound. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for precincts
  • Getting more voting machines into crowded inner-city precincts will help a lot too.
  • It also helps prevent someone from voting in multiple precincts.
  • It asked itself what would happen if sin and conscience should invade these charming precincts.
  • Then it asked those police captains who had not spoken to show them where their precincts were, and why they had no trouble.
  • Commanders who displayed a feeble grasp of their precincts' problems were summarily replaced.
  • But now it's back, and getting attention in some tony precincts.
  • Such claims have been long missing in the precincts of the left, and the left has been weakened by their absence.
  • No waiter or bartender ever sets foot within the sacred precincts.
  • Police patrolling the precincts of sin do not often find the streets empty.
  • We should avoid manual recounts or insist that they have uniform standards in all precincts.
British Dictionary definitions for precincts


plural noun
the surrounding region or area


  1. an enclosed area or building marked by a fixed boundary such as a wall
  2. such a boundary
an area in a town, often closed to traffic, that is designed or reserved for a particular purpose: a shopping precinct, pedestrian precinct
  1. a district of a city for administrative or police purposes
  2. the police responsible for such a district
(US) a polling or electoral district
Word Origin
C15: from Medieval Latin praecinctum (something) surrounded, from Latin praecingere to gird around, from prae before, around + cingere to gird
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Word Origin and History for precincts



c.1400, prasaynt (mid-15c. as precincte), "district defined for purposes of government or representation," from Medieval Latin precinctum "enclosure, boundary line," noun use of neuter past participle of Latin praecingere "to gird about, surround," from prae- "before" (see pre-) + cingere "to surround, encircle" (see cinch (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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