American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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: Let into another bearing or division of the field, especially when the projecting piece is of square form.
- 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. transitive To enclose within a foreign territory.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Recent A tract of land or a territory inclosed within another territory of which it is independent. See exclave.
- v. Recent To inclose within an alien territory.
- n. an enclosed territory that is culturally distinct from the foreign territory that surrounds it
- 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)
- 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)
“But before you attach the label enclave of the rich and famous, longtime summer resident and Harvard professor Charles Ogletree says take a look around.”
“The prices quoted at the top of the thread seem to indicate that the primary savings living in the Chapala expat enclave is to be realized mostly in tax burden reduction, (WA state is regressive in this aspect), and not having to pay much for a little heat, and not requiring AC.”
“But the enclave is steadily shrinking and has been for some time.”
“How long before the enclave is no longer self-sustaining?”
“There, I found a bright, albeit thin sliver of individuality and the last beachhead of what was formerly the main German enclave in Manhattan.”
“But those who are wealthy and privileged create what I call enclave societies.”
“Then the snide reference to the Irish Times, the depiction of Ballsbridge as an 'enclave' - gated it is not - all add up to paint a desperate picture of little Dunne versus Big Bastard D4 snobs.”
“The two countries disagree over the fate of the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave, which is also at the center of a dispute between Armenia and Turkish ally Azerbaijan.”
“Though Karabakh isn't mentioned in the protocols, Turkey wants Armenia to pull troops out of several buffer zones around the enclave, which is in Azerbaijan, before it will ratify them.”
“The enclave, which is home to about 1.5 million Palestinians, has been under a U.S. and Israeli-led blockade since Hamas seized control of the small coastal strip bordering Israel and Egypt one year ago.”
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