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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
en•clave /ˈɛnkleɪv, ˈɑn-/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a country or part of a country surrounded by foreign territory.
  2. any small, distinct area or group enclosed or isolated within a larger one:His neighborhood was an enclave of Italian families and their businesses.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
en•clave  (enklāv, än-),USA pronunciation n., v.,  -claved, -clav•ing. 
  1. a country, or esp., an outlying portion of a country, entirely or mostly surrounded by the territory of another country.
  2. any small, distinct area or group enclosed or isolated within a larger one:a Chinese-speaking enclave in London.

  1. to isolate or enclose (esp. territory) within a foreign or uncongenial environment;
    make an enclave of:The desert enclaved the little settlement.
  • Vulgar Latin *inclāvāre to lock in, equivalent. to Latin in- in-2 + clāv(is) key + -āre infinitive suffix
  • French, Middle French, noun, nominal derivative of enclaver
  • 1865–70

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

enclave /ˈɛnkleɪv/ n
  1. a part of a country entirely surrounded by foreign territory: viewed from the position of the surrounding territories
Etymology: 19th Century: from French, from Old French enclaver to enclose, from Vulgar Latin inclāvāre (unattested) to lock up, from Latin in-² + clavis key

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