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



    BrE BrE//ɪnˈkləʊʒə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkloʊʒər//
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  1. 1[countable] a piece of land that is surrounded by a fence or wall and is used for a particular purpose a wildlife enclosure the winners’ enclosure (= for the winners of a horse race)
  2. 2[uncountable, countable] the act of placing a fence or wall around a piece of land the enclosure of common land in the seventeenth century The result of the enclosures was that many countrymen lost their only livelihood.
  3. 3[countable] something that is placed in an envelope with a letter Always state the number of enclosures at the bottom of your letter.
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: from legal Anglo-Norman French and Old French, from enclos ‘closed in’, past participle of enclore, based on Latin includere ‘shut in’.
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