en·​clo·​sure | \ in-ˈklō-zhər How to pronounce enclosure (audio) , en- \
variants: or less commonly inclosure \ in-​ˈklō-​zhər How to pronounce enclosure (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 Cara, a Burmese Python who lives at the Blue Zoo Interactive Aquarium — located in Baton Rouge's Mall of Louisiana — somehow escaped her enclosure, zoo officials said. Ashley Boucher, PEOPLE.com, 6 July 2021 So far the two have been doing the project remotely, but hope to go to the lab to build their enclosure. Janice Neumann, chicagotribune.com, 1 July 2021 His ballads lasted for days, weeks, months—morning, afternoon, and night—the entirety of his mating season, in an attempt to attract the attention of Uquq and Siku, the two lovely ladies who shared his enclosure. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 29 June 2021 Zoo officials recovered Maki there and returned him to his enclosure. Danielle Echeverria, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 June 2021 So after the two kits were weened off their mother, the two adults were left in their private enclosure. Greg Stanley, Star Tribune, 14 June 2021 In March 2019 a cow escaped its enclosure and enjoyed an evening roaming Hamilton County. Jen Guadarrama, The Indianapolis Star, 27 May 2021 The El Paso Zoo plans to press charges against a woman who was caught on video trying to feed spider monkeys after climbing into their enclosure. Chron, 26 May 2021 Then on Tuesday, two tigers escaped their enclosure after killing a keeper, surnamed Jia, at a park in central China's Henan province, and were shot dead, according to state media. James Griffiths, CNN, 26 May 2021

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First Known Use of enclosure

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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28 Jul 2021

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“Enclosure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enclosure. Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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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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