precinct

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noun pre·cinct \ˈprē-ˌsiŋ(k)t\

Definition of precinct

  1. 1 :  a part of a territory with definite bounds or functions often established for administrative purposes :  district: such asa :  a subdivision of a county, town, city, or ward for election purposesb :  a division of a city for police control

  2. 2a :  an enclosure bounded by the walls of a building —often used in pluralb :  a sphere of thought, action, or influence —often used in plural

  3. 3a precincts plural :  the region immediately surrounding a place :  environsb :  place, locale

  4. 4 :  boundary —often used in plural a ruined tower within the precincts of the squire's grounds — T. L. Peacock

Examples of precinct in a sentence

  1. a sexist attitude that was pretty common in the precincts of the automobile business

Origin and Etymology of precinct

Middle English, from Medieval Latin praecinctum, from Latin, neuter of praecinctus, past participle of praecingere to gird, encircle, from prae- pre- + cingere to gird — more at cincture


First Known Use: 15th century


PRECINCT Defined for English Language Learners

precinct

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noun pre·cinct \ˈprē-ˌsiŋ(k)t\

Definition of precinct for English Language Learners

  • : any one of the sections that a town or city is divided into when people vote in an election

  • : any one of the sections that a city is divided into for organizing the city's police forces

  • : a police station of a precinct


PRECINCT Defined for Kids

precinct

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noun pre·cinct \ˈprē-ˌsiŋkt\

Definition of precinct for Students

  1. 1 :  any of the sections into which a town or city is divided for a particular purpose (as voting or police protection)

  2. 2 :  a surrounding or enclosed area Stay within school precincts.



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