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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Friday’s recount began with absentee ballots cast in the primary and started with precincts in the 3rd District on the request of Markovich. Rob Earnshaw, Post-Tribune, "Dem recount for Hammond Council seat begins," 14 June 2019 News videos posted on Twitter showed Gooding entering a police precinct. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Cuba Gooding Jr. surrenders to NYPD on groping allegation," 13 June 2019 Cycling’s next breakout star may come from a precinct better known for basketball — Brooklyn. Ryan Joseph, New York Times, "Why This Black Cycling Group Made History," 7 June 2019 Despite regular visits to the local precinct, Autumn can’t get anyone to keep looking for Summer. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "9 mysteries and thrillers to give you an adrenaline rush this summer," 7 June 2019 The two highest turnout precincts in early voting in District 14 — which includes parts of Oak Lawn, East Dallas, downtown, Deep Ellum and Uptown — were in Oak Lawn and downtown, both considered Kingston strongholds. Corbett Smith, Dallas News, "Fight intensifies in second round of East Dallas City Council race between David Blewett, Philip Kingston," 6 June 2019 He was whisked away by squad car to a nearby precinct, reportedly uninjured in the incident., "President Reagan shot," 30 Mar. 2018 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

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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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