enclave was our Word of the Day on 03/19/2009. Hear the podcast!
Theme music by Joshua Stamper ©2006 New Jerusalem Music/ASCAP
Recent Examples of enclave from the Web
The return began casually four years earlier, when Perry befriended Depp, who invited him to camp out at his West Hollywood enclave and make use of his personal recording studio.
An Israeli blockade of Gaza has been underway ever since Hamas won political control of the 140-square-mile enclave.
The advances also cut off key towns of Douma and Harasta from the rest of the enclave, further squeezing the residents inside them.
Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said the deployment comes as the operation moves from rural regions of the enclave toward residential areas.
Evangelicals have lost their enthusiasm for reaching out beyond their own narrow enclaves, social and political.
Then someone told him about a purebred Havanese in a pet store in the New York City enclave of Chelsea, and that the dog had been there six months.
In 1998, Sean Combs — aka Diddy — announced his arrival in the tony enclave of East Hampton by throwing a Labor Day party at his new house on Hedges Banks Drive.
The wildfire burned so hot that 5 miles of water lines serving 350 homes in the upscale enclave were destroyed.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'enclave.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
Did You Know?
Looking for the keys to the etymology of enclave? You'll find them in French and Latin. English speakers borrowed "enclave" from French in the 19th century. The French noun derives in turn from the Middle French verb enclaver, meaning to "enclose." "Enclaver" itself can be traced to the Latin prefix in- and the Latin noun clavis, meaning "key." "Clavis" opened the door to a few other English words, some of which might seem unlikely relatives of "enclave." "Clavicle," the word for the bone that joins the breastbone and the shoulder blade, comes from "clavis," as does the musical sign "clef."
ENCLAVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of enclave for English Language Learners
: an area with people who are different in some way from the people in the areas around it
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up enclave? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).