Definition of enclave
: a distinct territorial, cultural, or social unit enclosed within or as if within foreign territory ethnic enclaves
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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.
SLICE OF BROOKLYN TOUR First stop on A Slice of Brooklyn's chocolate tours is Jacques Torres' shop in DUMBO , an industrial district turned chic enclave between the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges.
Images shared on social media showed funnel clouds former over the enclave of Little Lake, located east of Galliano around 3:20 p.m.
Just for fun, imagine what district elections would look like in Del Mar, the tiny, tony enclave that, if it were turned into four council districts, would have about 1,000 people living in districts covering about 270 acres each.
Egyptian state television reported that 23 were killed and 25 wounded in the attack in Minya, a Christian enclave 138 miles south of Cairo.
Rival militias control different regions, even enclaves within the capital, as a civil war spreads economic and political instability across the country.
The enclave has emerged as the city’s latest culinary hotbed, one marked by experimentation and international flavors.
Which probably explains why in Los Anghelles, the old-money enclave of Beverly Hills ranks fifth.
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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."
Origin and Etymology of enclave
French, from Middle French, from enclaver to enclose, from Vulgar Latin *inclavare to lock up, from Latin in- + clavis key — more at clavicle
First Known Use: 1868
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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