confinement

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Etymology[edit]

From French confinement; synchronically analyzable as confine +‎ -ment

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  • IPA(key): /kənˈfaɪnmənt/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: con‧fine‧ment

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confinement (countable and uncountable, plural confinements)

  1. The act of confining or the state of being confined.
  2. (dated) Lying-in, time of giving birth.
    Synonyms: labour, birthing
    • 1887, The Popular Science Monthly (volume 31, page 629)
      In confinement ladies are attended, not by the ordinary doctors, but by women especially devoted to the calling, who regard their profession as honorable and humanitary.
    • 1913, D. H. Lawrence, chapter 1, in Sons and Lovers:
      At the wakes time Morel was working badly, and Mrs. Morel was trying to save against her confinement.
  3. lockdown

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From confiner +‎ -ment.

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confinement m (plural confinements)

  1. confinement
  2. the act of quarantining, of putting into quarantine
    Synonym: mise en quarantaine
  3. quarantine
  4. lockdown
    être en confinementto be in lockdown, under lockdown
  5. containment
    enceinte de confinementcontainment building

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