Definition of exclave in English:



  • A portion of territory of one state completely surrounded by territory of another or others, as viewed by the home territory.

    • ‘The autonomous region of Nakhichevan formed an exclave within Armenia, while a second area, that of Nagorno Karabagh, inhabited by Christian Armenians and claimed by Armenia, lay within the Republic.’
    • ‘Now a Russian exclave between Poland and Lithuania, the city was formerly called Königsberg, the capital of East Prussia and was annexed by the Russians at the end of World War II.’
    • ‘And the only neighbours of the Russian exclave, Poland and Lithuania, were not invited to the festivities.’
    • ‘Earlier Wednesday, fierce winds snapped the mast of a Polish sailboat in the Baltic Sea off the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad.’


Late 19th century from ex-‘out’ + a shortened form of enclave.