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exclave Syllabification: ex·clave
Pronunciation: /ˈeksklāv/

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. Compare with enclave.
Example sentences
  • 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.


Late 19th century: from ex-1 'out' + a shortened form of enclave.

Words that rhyme with exclave

enclave • conclave
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