enceinte

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French enceinte.

Adjective[edit]

enceinte (not comparable)

  1. (archaic) Pregnant.
    • 1909, James Anthony Froude et al., The Reign of Henry the Eighth, vol. I:
      And the time was pressing, for the new queen was enceinte, and further concealment was not to be thought of.

Synonyms[edit]

Noun[edit]

enceinte (plural enceintes)

  1. An enclosure.
    • 1982, Lawrence Durrell, Constance, Faber & Faber 2004 (Avignon Quintet), p. 824:
      And so across the bridge and into the enceinte of the massive walls, threading their way towards the quarter where the morgue lay.
  2. The line of works forming the main enclosure of a fortress.
  3. The area or town enclosed by a line of fortification.
    • S. W. Williams
      The suburbs are not unfrequently larger than their enceinte.

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin incincta, feminine past participle of incingō. Compare Italian incinta, Spanish and Catalan encinta.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

enceinte (invariable)

  1. pregnant

Usage notes[edit]

The masculine form enceint is occasionally used, but is very rare because males don't get pregnant.

Noun[edit]

enceinte f (plural enceintes)

  1. enclosure, compound
  2. interior
  3. speaker, amplifier

Verb[edit]

enceinte f

  1. feminine past participle of enceindre

Old French[edit]

Adjective[edit]

enceinte f

  1. pregnant