1. pregnant; with child.

noun, plural en·ceintes [en-seynts, en-sants; French ahnsant] /ɛnˈseɪnts, ɛnˈsænts; French ɑ̃ˈsɛ̃t/.

  1. a wall or enclosure, as of a fortified place.
  2. the place enclosed.


  1. another word for pregnant


  1. a boundary wall enclosing a defended area
  2. the area enclosed

c.1600, insente, from French enceinte “pregnant” (12c.), from Late Latin incincta (source of Italian incinta), usually explained as “ungirt,” from Latin in-, privative prefix (see in- (1)), + cincta, fem. of cinctus, past participle of cingere “to gird” (see cinch). Modern form is 18c., perhaps a reborrowing from French.

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