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



    BrE BrE//ˈpriːsɪŋkt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpriːsɪŋkt//
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  1. 1(British English) a commercial area in a town where cars cannot go a pedestrian/shopping precinct
  2. 2(North American English) one of the parts into which a town or city is divided in order to organize elections voters in key precincts
  3. 3(North American English) a part of a city that has its own police station; the police station in this area Detective Hennessy of the 44th precinct The murder occurred just a block from the precinct.
  4. 4[usually plural] (formal) the area around a place or a building, sometimes surrounded by a wall the cathedral/college precincts within the precincts of the castle
  5. Word Originlate Middle English (denoting an administrative district): from medieval Latin praecinctum, neuter past participle (used as a noun) of praecingere ‘encircle’, from prae ‘before’ + cingere ‘gird’.Extra examples All this took place within the precincts of Westminster Abbey. Campaigners walked door-to-door in targeted precincts. Did you walk your precinct on the day of the vote? He took up residence in chambers within the precinct of a monastery. He was handcuffed and taken down to the police precinct. He wrote yesterday from a police precinct house in New Orleans. I rented a shop in a local precinct. I went down to my local precinct to make a report. It was forbidden to enter the temple precincts. Republicans have targeted precincts throughout the country. The event was held in the precincts of the parish church. The former Queens precinct commander has slashed crime. The precinct captains were able to round up 6 000 volunteers. The precinct returns show that the support received by both men was remarkable. They had wandered beyond the precincts of the camp. We’re literally organizing leadership down to the precinct level. You can register to vote in your precinct by showing proof of residence. the £1.3-million redevelopment of the shopping precinct the sacred precinct of Apollo the town’s main pedestrian precinct She lives within the precincts of the castle. The school uses many of the splendid medieval buildings in the cathedral precincts.
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