enceinte

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French enceinte.

Adjective[edit]

enceinte (not comparable)

  1. 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.
    • 1853, Abbé de St. Michon [i.e., Jean-Hippolyte Michon], chapter XIV, in [anonymous], transl., Narrative of a Religious Journey in the East in 1850 and 1851, London: Richard Bentley, [], OCLC 562780007, page 338:
      These labours upon Phœnician necropoli are of great importance. [...] M. [Louis Félicien] de Saulcy, one of the first travellers who has thrown light upon these necropoli, devoted himself to a very interesting examination of the tombs of the kings, of the prophets and judges, and upon the immense necropolis that surrounds Jerusalem, like a funeral enceinte.
    • 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 Old French enceinte, from Latin incīncta, feminine past participle of incingō. Compare Italian incinta, Spanish and Catalan encinta.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɑ̃.sɛ̃t/
  • (file)

Adjective[edit]

enceinte f (feminine only, feminine plural enceintes)

  1. pregnant

Usage notes[edit]

The masculine form enceint is occasionally used for species with male pregnancy, such as seahorses, as well as in metaphorical senses.

Derived terms[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • English: enceinte (the new queen was enceinte)

Noun[edit]

enceinte f (plural enceintes)

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

Verb[edit]

enceinte f

  1. feminine singular of the past participle of enceindre

Further reading[edit]


Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin incīncta, feminine of incīnctus.

Adjective[edit]

enceinte

  1. pregnant

Descendants[edit]