Enceinte



[en-seynt, ahn-sant; French ahn-sant] /ɛnˈseɪnt, ɑnˈsænt; French ɑ̃ˈsɛ̃t/

adjective
1.
pregnant; with child.
[en-seynt, ahn-sant; French ahn-sant] /ɛnˈseɪnt, ɑnˈsænt; French ɑ̃ˈsɛ̃t/
noun, plural enceintes
[en-seynts, en-sants; French ahn-sant] /ɛnˈseɪnts, ɛnˈsænts; French ɑ̃ˈsɛ̃t/ (Show IPA)
1.
a wall or enclosure, as of a fortified place.
2.
the place enclosed.
/ɒnˈsænt; French ɑ̃sɛ̃t/
adjective
1.
another word for pregnant
/ɒnˈsænt; French ɑ̃sɛ̃t/
noun
1.
a boundary wall enclosing a defended area
2.
the area enclosed
adj.

c.1600, insente, from French enceinte “pregnant” (12c.), from Late Latin incincta (source of Italian incinta), usually explained as “ungirt,” from Latin in-, privative prefix (see in- (1)), + cincta, fem. of cinctus, past participle of cingere “to gird” (see cinch). Modern form is 18c., perhaps a reborrowing from French.

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