noun pre·cinct \ˈprē-ˌsiŋ(k)t\

: any one of the sections that a town or city is divided into when people vote in an election

: any one of the sections that a city is divided into for organizing the city's police forces

: a police station of a precinct

Full Definition of PRECINCT

:  a part of a territory with definite bounds or functions often established for administrative purposes :  district: as
a :  a subdivision of a county, town, city, or ward for election purposes
b :  a division of a city for police control
a :  an enclosure bounded by the walls of a building —often used in plural
b :  a sphere of thought, action, or influence —often used in plural
a plural :  the region immediately surrounding a place :  environs
b :  place, locale
:  boundary —often used in plural <a ruined tower within the precincts of the squire's grounds — T. L. Peacock>

Examples of PRECINCT

  1. <a sexist attitude that was pretty common in the precincts of the automobile business>

Origin of PRECINCT

Middle English, from Medieval Latin praecinctum, from Latin, neuter of praecinctus, past participle of praecingere to gird, encircle, from prae- pre- + cingere to gird — more at cincture
First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with PRECINCT

PRECINCT Defined for Kids


noun pre·cinct \ˈprē-ˌsiŋkt\

Definition of PRECINCT for Kids

:  any of the sections into which a town or city is divided for a particular purpose (as voting or police protection)
:  a surrounding or enclosed area <Stay within school precincts.>


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