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14:11 Apr 22, 2005
English to English translations [PRO] Art, Arts & Crafts, Painting / Windsor Catsle
English term or phrase:Precincts
On your visit you will see the State Apartments, the Precincts, the Castle Exhibition, the Drawings Gallery, Queen Mary
Explanation: The precincts are the area within the castle's boundary walls (surroundings to me implies the area outside the castle's boundaries, and neighbourhood even more so). The precincts are likely to be the paved areas, courtyards etc. which form part of the castle site (so not grounds in the sense of lawns and gardens).
Explanation: pre·cinct (prē'sĭngkt') pronunciation
1. A subdivision or district of a city or town under the jurisdiction of or patrolled by a specific unit of its police force.
2. The police station situated in and having jurisdiction over such a district.
2. An election district of a city or town.
1. A place or enclosure marked off by definite limits, such as walls. Often used in the plural: the mysterious precincts of the old monastery.
2. A boundary: Hunting is not allowed within the precincts of the estate.
4. precincts The neighborhood or surrounding area; the environs.
5. An area of thought or action; a province or domain. Often used in the plural: “It was in these spacious precincts that Dryden's imagination was most at home” (Mark Van Doren).
[Middle English precincte, a defined district or area, from Medieval Latin praecīnctum, from Latin, neuter past participle of praecingere, to encircle : prae-, pre- + cingere, to gird.]