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precinct

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noun pre·cinct \ˈprē-ˌsiŋ(k)t\

Simple Definition of precinct

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of precinct

  1. 1 :  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

  2. 2 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

  3. 3 a plural :  the region immediately surrounding a place :  environs b :  place, locale

  4. 4 :  boundary —often used in plural <a ruined tower within the precincts of the squire's grounds — T. L. Peacock>

Examples of precinct in a sentence

  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

precinct

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noun pre·cinct \ˈprē-ˌsiŋkt\

Definition of precinct for Students

  1. 1 :  any of the sections into which a town or city is divided for a particular purpose (as voting or police protection)

  2. 2 :  a surrounding or enclosed area <Stay within school precincts.>





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