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Compound when applied to a human habitat refers to a cluster of buildings in an enclosure, having a shared or associated purpose, such as the houses of an extended family (e.g. the Kennedy Compound for the Kennedy family). The enclosure may be a wall, a fence, a hedge or some other structure, or it may be formed by the buildings themselves, when they are built around an open area or joined together.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word compound in this sense is thought to be etymologically derived ultimately from the Malay-Indonesian word kampung or kampong, meaning 'enclosure' or 'village', probably entering English via Dutch or Portuguese.



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