AskDefine | Define enceinte

Dictionary Definition

enceinte adj : in an advanced stage of pregnancy; "was big with child"; "was great with child" [syn: big(p), expectant, gravid, great(p), large(p), heavy(p), with child(p)]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. pregnant, expecting a baby.
    She was found guilty, but sentence was delayed, as her counsel said that she was enceinte.


  • The Reign of Henry the Eighth, Volume 1 (of 3), by James Anthony Froude, et al - first published 1909, London & Toronto J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd. New York E.P. Dutton & Co And the time was pressing, for the new queen was enceinte, and further concealment was not to be thought of.






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  1. enclosure
  2. (elctronic) speaker (for amplifying sound).

Extensive Definition

Enceinte (Lat. in, within, cinctus, girdled; to be distinguished from the word meaning pregnant, from in, not, and cinctus, i.e. with girdle loosened), is a French term used technically in fortification for the inner ring of fortifications surrounding a town. Strictly, the term was applied to the continuous line of bastions and curtains forming the body of the place, this last expression being often used as synonymous with enceinte. However, the outworks close to the enceinte were not considered as forming part of it. In modern fortification, the enceinte is usually simply the innermost continuous line of fortifications. In architecture, generally, an enceinte is the close or precinct of a cathedral, abbey, castle, etc.
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