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

  • n. A part of a country that is isolated from the main part and is surrounded by foreign territory.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A portion of a country's territory not connected to the main part
  • n. A detached part of an organ, as of the pancreas, thyroid, or other gland.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A portion of a country which is separated from the main part and surrounded by politically alien territory.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A part of a country, province, or the like which is disjoined from the main part.


ex- + (en)clave.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • Alaska is an exclave.

    October 9, 2008

  • This word aptly describes the status of Oecussi vis-a-vis East Timor. I've generally heard it referred to as an enclave even by people who should know better. The distinction and its facility of switching points of view strikes me as being quite useful.

    October 9, 2008

  • From OED: "A portion of territory separated from the country to which it politically belongs and entirely surrounded by alien dominions: seen from the viewpoint of the 'home' country (as opp. to an enclave, the same portion of territory as viewed by the surrounding dominions)."

    October 8, 2008