Definition of enclave
: a distinct territorial, cultural, or social unit enclosed within or as if within foreign territory ethnic enclaves
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Recent Examples of enclave from the Web
This downtown enclave includes the Lofts, a 120-unit apartment community opening this fall; small shops; and numerous restaurants and cafes.
Nearby was Wheelock Cuyahoga Acres, a small enclave on Honeywell Drive marketed to both black and white families before the Civil Rights Movement, said Metro Parks Cultural Resource Specialist Peg Bobel.
The mainstream entertainment world has an ambivalent relationship to the online fan-fiction enclaves that have built up around it, where fans seize control of characters or celebrities and subvert their narratives for their own ends.
The thirty inexplicable Belgian and Dutch enclaves around Baarle-Hertog are still as confusing as ever.
Last month, his working-class Brighton Park neighborhood, a former enclave for Eastern European immigrants that is now predominately Hispanic with a small but growing Asian presence, had the city's worst mass shooting in almost four years.
Today this exclusive enclave educates about 1,300 boys (ages 13 to 18).
The enclave-like community features a total of 125 homesites, nearly 100 of which are or will soon be developed.
While praising those who signed voluntarily, Martin singled Bay Head out for special criticism, saying the wealthy enclave really wants to keep outsiders off its sand.
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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
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