Definitions for precinctˈpri sɪŋkt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pre•cinctˈpri sɪŋkt(n.)

  1. a district, as of a city, marked out for administrative purposes or for police protection.

    Category: Government

  2. Also called pre′cinct house`. the police station in such a district.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Government

  3. one of a fixed number of districts, each containing one polling place, into which a city, town, etc., is divided for voting purposes.

    Category: Government

  4. Often, precincts. an enclosing boundary or limit.

  5. precincts, the parts or regions immediately surrounding a place; environs.

  6. a walled or otherwise bounded space within which a building or place is situated.

Origin of precinct:

1350–1400; ME < ML praecinctum, n. use of neut. of L praecinctus, ptp. of praecingere to gird about, surround =prae-pre - +cingere to surround

Princeton's WordNet

  1. precinct(noun)

    a district of a city or town marked out for administrative purposes

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. precinct(noun)ˈpri sɪŋkt

    a division of a city or town, especially one with its own police station

    New Orleans' 3rd precinct

  2. precinctˈpri sɪŋkt

    a mall or shopping area

    a shopping precinct


  1. precinct(Noun)

    An enclosed space having defined limits, normally marked by walls.

  2. precinct(Noun)

    A pedestrianized and uncovered shopping area.

  3. precinct(Noun)

    A subdivision of a city under the jurisdiction of a specific group of police; the police station situated in that district.

  4. precinct(Noun)

    A subdivision of a city or town for the purposes of voting and representation in city or town government. In cities, precincts may be grouped into wards.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Precinct(noun)

    the limit or exterior line encompassing a place; a boundary; a confine; limit of jurisdiction or authority; -- often in the plural; as, the precincts of a state

  2. Precinct(noun)

    a district within certain boundaries; a minor territorial or jurisdictional division; as, an election precinct; a school precinct

  3. Precinct(noun)

    a parish or prescribed territory attached to a church, and taxed for its support


  1. Precinct

    A precinct is a space enclosed by the walls or other boundaries of a particular place or building, or by an arbitrary and imaginary line drawn around it. The term has several different uses. It can, for example, refer to a division of a police department in a large city.

Translations for precinct

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(often in plural) the space surrounding a building etc (originally within walls or boundaries)

the cathedral precincts.

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