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en·ceinte 1

 (ĕn-sānt′, än-sănt′)
Carrying an unborn child; pregnant.

[French, from Old French, ultimately from Latin inciēns, pregnant; see keuə- in Indo-European roots.]

en·ceinte 2

 (ĕn-sānt′, än-sănt′, äN-săNt′)
1. An encircling fortification, as around a fort, castle, or town.
2. A structure or an area protected by an encircling fortification.

[French, from Late Latin incīncta, from feminine past participle of incingere, to surround closely : Latin in-, in; see in-2 + Latin cingere, to gird; see kenk- in Indo-European roots.]


(ɒnˈsænt; French ɑ̃sɛ̃t)
(Gynaecology & Obstetrics) another word for pregnant
[C17: from French, from Latin inciēns pregnant; related to Greek enkuos, from kuein to be pregnant]


(ɒnˈsænt; French ɑ̃sɛ̃t)
1. (Military) a boundary wall enclosing a defended area
2. (Military) the area enclosed
[C18: from French: enclosure, from enceindre to encompass, from Latin incingere, from cingere to gird]


(ɑ̃ˈsɛ̃t, -ˈsænt, ɑn-)

pregnant; with child.
[1590–1600; < Middle French < Late Latin incincta, perhaps literally “ungirded”]


(ɑ̃ˈsɛ̃t, -ˈsænt, ɑn-)

1. a ring of fortifications enclosing a place.
2. the place enclosed.
[1700–10; < French: enclosure, enceinte < Latin incincta, feminine of incinctus, past participle of incingere to surround]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.enceinte - in an advanced stage of pregnancyenceinte - in an advanced stage of pregnancy; "was big with child"; "was great with child"
pregnant - carrying developing offspring within the body or being about to produce new life


Carrying a developing fetus within the uterus:
Slang: gone.
Archaic: great.
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de Nargonne, your first husband, being neither a philosopher nor a banker, or perhaps being both, and seeing there was nothing to be got out of a king's attorney, died of grief or anger at finding, after an absence of nine months, that you had been enceinte six.
He simply walked; he walked straight before him, following the river, till he got out of the enceinte of Paris.
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