from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A country or part of a country lying wholly within the boundaries of another.
- n. A distinctly bounded area enclosed within a larger unit: ethnic enclaves in a large city.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A political, cultural or social entity or part thereof that is completely surrounded by another.
- n. A group that is set off from a larger population by its characteristic or behavior.
- v. To enclose within a foreign territory.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A tract of land or a territory inclosed within another territory of which it is independent. See exclave.
- transitive v. To inclose within an alien territory.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To inclose or surround, as a region or state, by the territories of another power.
- n. Something closed; specifically, a small outlying portion of a country which is entirely surrounded by the territories of another power. Enclaves are especially common among the states of the German empire.
- n. In heraldry, anything let into something else, especially when the thing let in is square.
- In heraldry:
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an enclosed territory that is culturally distinct from the foreign territory that surrounds it
French, from Old French enclaver, to enclose, from Vulgar Latin *inclāvāre : Latin in-, in; see en-1 + Latin clāvis, key.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French enclave, from Middle French enclave ("enclave"), deverbal of Middle French enclaver ("to inclose"), from Old French enclaver ("to inclose, lock in"), from Vulgar Latin *inclāvāre ("to lock in"), from in + clavis ("key") or clavus ("nail, bolt"). Compare inlock. (Wiktionary)