Meaning of “precinct” in the English Dictionary

"precinct" in British English

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precinctnoun

uk /ˈpriː.sɪŋkt/ us /ˈpriː.sɪŋkt/

precinct noun (AREA AROUND BUILDING)

precincts [ plural ] also precinct [ C ] mainly UK formal

the area that surrounds a building or place, especially one with a wall around it:

A tunnel entrance was found within the precincts of the prison camp.

(Definition of “precinct” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"precinct" in American English

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precinctnoun [ C ]

us /ˈpri·sɪŋkt/

a division of a city or town, esp. an area protected by one police station, or a division used for elections

The precincts of a place are the areas that surround it, esp. when enclosed:

the private precincts of the university

(Definition of “precinct” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"precinct" in Business English

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precinctnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈpriːsɪŋkt/ us

UK an area of a town or city where there are a lot of shops, and where traffic is not allowed:

a shopping/pedestrian precinct

US POLITICS a division of a city or a town, especially an area protected by a particular group of police or a division used for voting purposes:

The voter turnout in the precinct was low compared to the rest of the county.
a precinct captain/commander
precinct caucuses/voters

(Definition of “precinct” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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