Meaning of enclave in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɛnkleɪv/

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  • 1A portion of territory surrounded by a larger territory whose inhabitants are culturally or ethnically distinct.

    ‘they gave troops a week to leave the coastal enclave’
    • ‘Deep suspicions and fears continue to divide the people into ethnic enclaves.’
    • ‘Should we instead be encouraging the foundation of a series of autonomous, loosely interdependent ethnic enclaves?’
    • ‘So far we've left the struggle to a few dedicated activists in ethnic enclaves.’
    • ‘A world reputation for jobs, and a ‘welcome to the neighbourhood’ attitude has historically created a city of immigrants and ethnic enclaves.’
    • ‘But ethnic enclaves, unions, and competing values contributed to distinct cultures of consumption.’
    • ‘A century ago, in a multi-cultural America comprised of separate cultural enclaves, ethnic groups were more involved in the affairs of their own communities than the larger society.’
    • ‘They settled in metropolitan areas including Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago, and formed organized ethnic enclaves throughout the nation.’
    • ‘In large urban areas, distinct ethnic enclaves such as the Polish, Irish, Jewish, and Italian communities persisted.’
    • ‘Isolated European ethnic enclaves and insulated enclaves of privilege, however, have seen their boundaries opened.’
    • ‘Because of its close proximity to work, immigrants settled on the Lower East Side, forming ethnic enclaves.’
    • ‘While casinos were illegal in Hong Kong, they had taken deep root in the old Portuguese enclave.’
    • ‘Most islands are multiethnic, with large and small groups forming geographical enclaves.’
    • ‘San Marino is an Independent republic and enclave within northern Italy, with a population of 46,500.’
    • ‘Several Jewish enclaves already existed within the Holy Roman Empire (from Prague to Frankfurt) well before the sixteenth century.’
    • ‘Delegates at the assembly were careful to emphasise that they didn't seek independence, but a semi-autonomous enclave within a federal Iraq.’
    area of land, area, region, enclave
    1. 1.1A place or group that is different in character from those surrounding it.
      ‘the engineering department is traditionally a male enclave’
      • ‘However, while large parts of the world continue to be enclaves of extreme hardship and poverty, despair will take root.’
      • ‘The novella is about masculine middle-age, with Victorian males hurrying into their enclaves or laboratories to escape all kinds of ever-present threats, such as the new woman.’
      • ‘Some people decamp to quieter beautiful places, enclaves still not discovered, off the beaten path.’
      • ‘And those who live in refurbished parts of inner cities have enclaves of their own.’
      • ‘Located in an exclusive residential enclave, the Sheraton Towers has more than 300 rooms.’
      • ‘Planners have approved the building of 27 new homes to replace four detached houses in an exclusive leafy enclave.’
      • ‘Peter has found his niche nestled in a small coastal enclave in central California.’
      • ‘Moving to London in 1859, he settled in Chelsea, an artists' enclave, in 1863.’
      • ‘The efforts of these local activists helped to establish enclaves of black power.’
      • ‘Communities are crucial for the formation and maintenance of moral values whereas lifestyle enclaves are not.’
      • ‘So I resolve that I, personally, will foil the United States Secret Service and force my way into the secret enclaves of the Republican Party.’
      • ‘It tells us that capitalism will not allow enclaves of socialism to exist, be it a hippy commune or an island of socialism.’
      • ‘Several smaller regions in the South and Midwest are veritable working class enclaves with 40 to 50 percent or more of their workforce in the traditional industrial occupations.’
      • ‘Local campaigns have stopped motorways being built and have created working class housing enclaves against the wishes of the property developers.’
      • ‘The result in some areas is social cleansing, with the rich creating exclusive enclaves.’
      • ‘The 1st District, which reaches out to the eastern tip of Long Island, is a mix of posh resort towns and working-class enclaves.’
      • ‘Within a predominantly corporate enclave, it introduces an informal, occasionally light-hearted and distinctly local emphasis.’
      • ‘He declined to give details on who the passengers were except to say they were from a nursing home in Bellaire, an upscale enclave within Houston.’
      • ‘Television programs are resumed within this privileged enclave, and a semblance of normality returns within the walls of Bognor.’
      • ‘Then, within their protected virtual enclaves, they declare these things to be the norm.’


Mid 19th century from French, from Old French enclaver ‘enclose, dovetail’, based on Latin clavis ‘key’.