Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Carrying an unborn child; pregnant.
  • n. An encircling fortification around a fort, castle, or town.
  • n. A structure or an area protected by an encircling fortification.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Pregnant.
  • n. An enclosure.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pregnant; with child.
  • n. The line of works which forms the main inclosure of a fortress or place; -- called also body of the place.
  • n. The area or town inclosed by a line of fortification.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pregnant; with child.
  • n. In fortification, an inclosure; the wall or rampart which surrounds a place, often composed of bastions or towers and curtains. The enceinte with the space inclosed within it is called the body of the place.
  • n. The close or precinct of a cathedral, abbey, castle, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. in an advanced stage of pregnancy

Etymologies

French, from Old French, ultimately from Latin inciēns, pregnant.
French, from Late Latin incīncta, from feminine past participle of incingere, to surround closely, + Latin cingere, to gird.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French enceinte. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Similarly, a woman who was inspecting was, in the past, often described as enceinte (directly from French) instead of "pregnant" (curiously, also of French origin).

    Foreign terms as convenient euphemisms

  • Within the enceinte are the remains of the old castle, still solid and upright; erected, it is recorded, by the English during their long occupation of this country.

    The Last Hope

  • The enceinte is the normal Arab "snake-fence" of dry and barked branches, which imperfectly defends the nurseries of young trees and the plots of Khubbayzah ( "edible mallows") from the adjoining camping-place of bald yellow clay.

    The Land of Midian — Volume 2

  • The first named on the south side of the river formed part of the ancient "enceinte" of the first château of Philip of Alsace, and was erected in the twelfth century, and famed with the château of Lille, as the most formidable strongholds of Flanders.

    Vanished towers and chimes of Flanders

  • They had to say it in Spanish, enceinte, you know.

    'The Uncensored Story' Of The Smothers Brothers

  • Other ways to say "bun in the oven" (être enceinte) in French

    French Word-A-Day:

  • Tout ce que je savais c qu'elle etait de nouveau enceinte et voila.

    pinku-tk Diary Entry

  • Other ways to say "bun in the oven" être enceinte in French

    veinard - French Word-A-Day

  • Monastery within whose enceinte a castle towered high in air catching the light of the moon. 162 Through the midst of the convent passed

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • But during that time my mother became Mr. Jefferson's concubine, and when he was called back home she was enceinte by him.

    Jefferson's Concubine

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  • In castle architecture, an enclosure or courtyard.

    August 25, 2008