Meaning of ENCLOSURE in English



or in·clo·sure ə̇nˈklōzhə(r), en-

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English enclosure, from Middle French, from Old French, from enclos + -ure

1. : the act or action of enclosing: as

a. : the separation of land from common ground by a fence or barrier

b. : separation (as for fire protection) of one part of a building from others

2. : the quality or state of being encompassed or shut up

books musty and damp from long enclosure

3. : something that encloses (as a barrier)


a. : something enclosed in a package or letter

each envelope contained miscellaneous enclosures

b. : an enclosed or fenced-in area

a ranch and its outlying enclosures

c. : the part of a monastery or convent strictly reserved for the religious of the community to the exclusion of outsiders or of certain outsiders (as those of the opposite sex)

5. : the regulation that establishes and is designed to preserve the enclosure of a monastery or convent

an order with a very strict enclosure

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