precinct

noun

pre·​cinct ˈprē-ˌsiŋ(k)t How to pronounce precinct (audio)
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
4
: boundary
often used in plural
a ruined tower within the precincts of the squire's groundsT. L. Peacock

Examples of precinct in a Sentence

Voting results from several precincts are delayed. They were taken to the precinct for questioning.
Recent Examples on the Web In Kansas City, possessing a firearm is prohibited inside a church or any place of worship as well inside any election precinct on election day or inside any state or federal building. Glenn E. Rice, Kansas City Star, 16 Feb. 2024 Small did not call for medical assistance or render aid, and instead ordered that the suspect be taken to the Woodlawn police precinct, the indictment said. Cassidy Jensen, Baltimore Sun, 16 Feb. 2024 My assignments took me from museums to professors’ offices to the local police precinct. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 16 Feb. 2024 My career started as the youngest precinct captain in the country for Barack Obama’s Presidential Campaign in 2008. Eleanor Dearman, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 15 Feb. 2024 There are 1,670 precincts across Iowa that will be holding caucus meetings this evening. Caroline Linton, CBS News, 16 Jan. 2024 The eleventh-hour changes come as Republican candidates have openly worried about whether the low temperatures and snowy conditions would deter voters from venturing to their local precinct locations, possibly shifting the caucus results. Cami Mondeaux, Washington Examiner, 16 Jan. 2024 Deborah bopped from the cafeteria to another schoolroom, where another precinct was sharing the space. Faith E. Pinho, Los Angeles Times, 16 Jan. 2024 For example, turnout data compiled by the Wall Street Journal show vote totals fell in black- and Hispanic-majority precincts of Philadelphia during the 2022 midterms as compared with previous cycles. Audrey Fahlberg, National Review, 31 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of precinct was in the 15th century

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“Precinct.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/precinct. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

precinct

noun
pre·​cinct ˈprē-ˌsiŋ(k)t How to pronounce precinct (audio)
1
: an administrative district especially of a town or city
a police precinct
an electoral precinct
2
: a surrounding or enclosed area
within the precincts of the college

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