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Topic: POLICE

Date: 1400-1500
Language: Medieval Latin
Origin: praecinctum, from Latin praecingere 'to put a belt around'

precinct

noun
     
pre‧cinct
1 [countable]

shopping/pedestrian precinct

British EnglishTTR an area of a town where people can walk and shop, and where cars are not allowed
2 [countable] American EnglishPG one of the areas that a town or city is divided into, so that elections or police work can be organized more easily
3 [countable] American EnglishSCP the main police station in a particular area of a town or city
4

precincts

[plural] the area that surrounds an important building:
the precincts of the cathedral
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