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1. A country or part of a country lying wholly within the boundaries of another.
2. A distinctly bounded area enclosed within a larger unit: ethnic enclaves in a large city.
[French, from Old French enclaver, to enclose, from Vulgar Latin *inclāvāre : Latin in-, in; see en-1 + Latin clāvis, key.]
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a part of a country entirely surrounded by foreign territory: viewed from the position of the surrounding territories. Compare exclave
[C19: from French, from Old French enclaver to enclose, from Vulgar Latin inclāvāre (unattested) to lock up, from Latin in-2 + clavis key]
en•clave(ˈɛn kleɪv, ˈɑn-)
n., v. -claved, -clav•ing. n.
1. a country or a portion of a country surrounded by foreign territory.
2. any small, distinct area or group enclosed or isolated within a larger one.v.t.
3. to make an enclave of.
[1865–70; < French, Middle French, n. derivative of enclaver < Vulgar Latin *inclāvāre to lock in = Latin in- in-2 + -clāvāre, derivative of clāvis key]
enclave, exclave - An enclave is a group or area different from the surroundings, a secured area within another secured area, from Latin clavis, "key"; an exclave is the same thing, but usually describes a portion of a country separated from the main part and surrounded by politically alien territory.
See also related terms for surrounded.
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