- a part of a country entirely surrounded by foreign territory: viewed from the position of the surrounding territories
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
- a country or part of a country surrounded by foreign territory.
- any small, distinct area or group enclosed or isolated within a larger one:His neighborhood was an enclave of Italian families and their businesses.
- a country, or esp., an outlying portion of a country, entirely or mostly surrounded by the territory of another country.
- any small, distinct area or group enclosed or isolated within a larger one:a Chinese-speaking enclave in London.
- 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