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enclave

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noun en·clave \ˈen-ˌklāv, ˈän-ˌklāv\

Simple Definition of enclave

  • : an area with people who are different in some way from the people in the areas around it

Full Definition of enclave

  1. :  a distinct territorial, cultural, or social unit enclosed within or as if within foreign territory <ethnic enclaves>

Origin of enclave

French, from Middle French, from enclaver to enclose, from Vulgar Latin *inclavare to lock up, from Latin in- + clavis key — more at clavicle


First Known Use: 1868


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noun en·clave \ˈen-ˌklāv; ˈän-ˌklāv, ˈäŋ-, -ˌkläv\

Medical Definition of enclave

  1. :  something enclosed in an organ or tissue but not a continuous part of it




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