enceinte

adjective
en·​ceinte | \ äⁿ(n)-ˈsant How to pronounce enceinte (audio) \

Definition of enceinte

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enceinte

noun

Definition of enceinte (Entry 2 of 2)

: a line of fortification enclosing a castle or town also : the area so enclosed

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Synonyms & Antonyms for enceinte

Synonyms: Adjective

big, caught, expectant, expecting, gone, gravid, heavy, pregnant, quick [archaic]

Antonyms: Adjective

nonpregnant

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Examples of enceinte in a Sentence

Adjective

back in the days when a bride who was visibly enceinte was a cause for family embarrassment

First Known Use of enceinte

Adjective

1602, in the meaning defined above

Noun

circa 1708, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for enceinte

Adjective

French, perhaps from Vulgar Latin *incenta, alteration of Latin incient-, inciens being with young, modification of Greek enkyos pregnant, from en- + kyein to be pregnant — more at cyme

Noun

French, from Old French, enclosing wall, from enceindre to surround, from Latin incingere, from in- + cingere to gird — more at cincture

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The first known use of enceinte was in 1602

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enceinte

adjective
en·​ceinte | \ äⁿ(n)-ˈsant How to pronounce enceinte (audio) \

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