Definition of enclave noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈenkleɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈenkleɪv//
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an area of a country or city where the people have a different religion, culture or nationality from those who live in the country or city that surrounds it The northern part of the city is a Christian enclave. Word Originmid 19th cent.: from French, from Old French enclaver ‘enclose, dovetail’, based on Latin clavis ‘key’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: enclave