precinct

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Middle English early 15th century, in sense of “district for government purposes”, from Medieval Latin precinctum, alternative form of praecinctum ‎(enclosure, boundary line), neuter singular of praecinctus, perfect passive participle of Latin praecingō ‎(surround, gird), from prae ‎(before) + cingō ‎(surround, encircle), from which also cinch.[1]

Cognate to Italian precingere ‎(to encircle).

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precinct ‎(plural precincts)

  1. (chiefly in the plural) An enclosed space having defined limits, normally marked by walls.
  2. (UK) A pedestrianized and uncovered shopping area.
  3. (US, law enforcement) A subdivision of a city under the jurisdiction of a specific group of police; the police station situated in that district.
  4. (US) A subdivision of a city or town for the purposes of voting and representation in city or town government. In cities, precincts may be grouped into wards.

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  1. ^ precinct” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).