en·​clo·​sure | \ in-ˈklō-zhər How to pronounce enclosure (audio) , en- \
variants: or less commonly inclosure \ in-​ˈklō-​zhər How to pronounce inclosure (audio) \

Definition of enclosure

1 : the act or action of enclosing : the quality or state of being enclosed
2 : something that encloses
3 : something enclosed a letter with two enclosures

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Examples of enclosure in a Sentence

During the day the horses are kept in an enclosure. a letter with two enclosures One of the enclosures was a photograph. the enclosure of a photograph with a letter the enclosure of the garden
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Recent Examples on the Web A few of the more popular ones included a tour of the tiger enclosure and the opportunity to throw fish to the birds in the aviary. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Now you can get up close and personal with giraffes, rhinos and river hogs at the Milwaukee Zoo," 8 Jan. 2020 Tragedy struck a German zoo on New Year’s Eve, when a fire ripped through an ape enclosure and killed more than 30 animals. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "More Than 30 Animals, Among Them ‘Highly Endangered’ Species, Killed in Fire at German Zoo," 1 Jan. 2020 The male silverback had grabbed and dragged a small boy who had fallen into the gorilla enclosure, and fearing for the boy’s safety, zoo workers shot and killed the gorilla. The Enquirer, Cincinnati.com, "2010-2019: Greater Cincinnati stories of the decade," 30 Dec. 2019 Kasbar was accused of using bolt cutters to cut a hole in the enclosure and taking the lemur, named Isaac, who was 32 years old at the time. Phil Helsel, NBC News, "California man who stole lemur from zoo sentenced to 90 days in prison," 29 Oct. 2019 The memo also called for the developer to work to resolve the wetlands issue during the permitting process, and addressed trash enclosures and a snow removal plan, among other requests. Anna Kim, chicagotribune.com, "After heated public comments, Glenview Plan Commission recommends green light for development at Willow and Pfingsten roads," 15 Oct. 2019 The middle bathroom has been remodeled with a granite counter/shower enclosure, and a heated floor and towel rack. Bang Staff And Correspondents, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Coming soon: Garden Isle townhome," 26 June 2019 The family got up close and personal with Bilby George at the new enclosure, as baby George wriggled vigorously and squealed with delight on spotting the marsupial with the big ears and long snout. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Top royal moments of the last decade: Will & Kate's wedding, the Queen's silly video and more," 16 Dec. 2019 On May 25, 2017, Thornton police found McGreevy’s body in a pool of blood in a cinder-block trash-bin enclosure, behind the Sunrise Village Shopping Center, 9071 Washington St., according to a news release. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "Assailant who beat homeless man to death with baseball bat in Thornton sentenced to prison," 6 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of enclosure

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of enclosure was in the 15th century

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11 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Enclosure.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enclosure. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of enclosure

: an area that is surrounded by a wall, fence, etc. : an enclosed space
: something that is included with a letter or in a package
: the act of enclosing something


en·​clo·​sure | \ in-ˈklō-zhər How to pronounce enclosure (audio) \

Kids Definition of enclosure

1 : the act of closing in or surrounding enclosure of the animals
2 : a space that is closed in The sheep escaped their enclosure.
3 : the act of including with a letter or package enclosure of a photo
4 : something included with a letter or package

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