precinct

noun pre·cinct \ ˈprē-ˌsiŋ(k)t \
Updated on: 8 Dec 2017

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
2 a : 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
3 a 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

Examples of precinct in a Sentence

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

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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


PRECINCT Defined for English Language Learners

precinct

noun

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

noun pre·cinct \ ˈprē-ˌsiŋkt \

Definition of precinct for Students

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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