pre·​cinct | \ ˈprē-ˌsiŋ(k)t How to pronounce precinct (audio) \

Definition of precinct

1 : a part of a territory with definite bounds or functions often established for administrative purposes : district: such as
a : a subdivision of a county, town, city, or ward for election purposes
b : a division of a city for police control
2a : an enclosure bounded by the walls of a building often used in plural
b : a sphere of thought, action, or influence often used in plural
3a precincts plural : the region immediately surrounding a place : environs
b : place, locale
4 : boundary often used in plural a ruined tower within the precincts of the squire's grounds— T. L. Peacock

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Examples of precinct in a Sentence

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

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Vote counting is continuing and final detailed precinct-level data won’t be available until the election is certified at the end of the month. Jim Brunner, The Seattle Times, "Map: Kim Schrier won big in King County suburbs, even in Dino Rossi’s neighborhood," 14 Nov. 2018 Analyzing the special election vote Election experts will pick over the precinct-level results for days to come, but Tipirneni clearly did very well with independents and even picked off some Republicans. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "After lackluster showing in election, worried Arizona Republicans search for leadership," 25 Apr. 2018 Voters also elected precinct-level Town Meeting members. John Laidler,, "Burrows tops Goodwin in Billerica School Committee race," 11 Apr. 2018 With almost all precincts reporting, Kemp may have won the governor’s race by a little more than 85,000 votes, or under 3 percentage points. German Lopez, Vox, "Voter suppression really may have made the difference for Republicans in Georgia," 7 Nov. 2018 A few dozen of the 258 Democratic precinct chairs stood up in favor of former municipal judge Cheryl Grant. Scott Wartman,, "Women will head the Hamilton County Democratic Party for the first time in history," 9 June 2018 Rohrabacher had 30% of the votes with all precincts reporting, and after the revision, Keirstead was 45 votes ahead of Rouda (both at 17%). Hannah Fry,, "Rohrabacher heads to general election for his congressional seat, but who will challenge him is still up in the air," 7 June 2018 Democrat Lauren Arthur, a state representative, led Republican Kevin Corlew, also a state representative, by close to 20% with all precincts reporting. Eric Bradner, CNN, "6 takeaways from the biggest primary night of 2018," 6 June 2018 With all precincts reporting, Schwartz led challenger Mark Hall 5,218 votes to 4,278. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Hamilton County council results could mean more spending on projects," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of precinct

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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English Language Learners Definition of precinct

US : 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


pre·​cinct | \ ˈprē-ˌsiŋkt How to pronounce precinct (audio) \

Kids Definition of precinct

1 : any of the sections into which a town or city is divided for a particular purpose (as voting or police protection)
2 : a surrounding or enclosed area Stay within school precincts.

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