exeunt [ek-see-uh nt, -oo nt] ExamplesWord Origin verb (used without object)

  1. (they) go offstage (used formerly as a stage direction, usually preceding the names of the characters): Exeunt soldiers and townspeople.

Origin of exeunt 1475–85; Latin, 3rd person plural present indicative of exīre to exit1 Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for exeunt Contemporary Examples of exeunt

  • But his hopes were dashed when Alan replied that he was referring to the final stage direction (Exeunt, bearing off the bodies).

    Alan Turing’s Brother: He Should Be Alive Today

    John Ferrier Turing

    June 23, 2012

  • Historical Examples of exeunt

  • Exeunt all, in the same order as they came, towards the interior of the city.

    Turandot, Princess of China

    Karl Gustav Vollmller

  • As they are about to exeunt, Bob approaches them—Scrooge retires up.

    A Christmas Carol

    C. Z. Barnett

  • Exeunt, processionally, all except Judith, Ozias and Achior.


    Arnold Bennett

  • So exeunt Mrs. Glibbans, Miss Mally, and the two young ladies.

    The Ayrshire Legatees

    John Galt

  • Exeunt children, and re-enter stewards, each with a blue plate in his hand.

    Sketches by Boz

    Charles Dickens

  • British Dictionary definitions for exeunt exeunt

    1. they go out: used as a stage direction

    Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Word Origin and History for exeunt

    stage direction, late 15c., from Latin, literally “they go out,” third person plural present indicative of exire (see exit).

    Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper exeunt in Culture exeunt [(ek-see-uhnt, ek-see-oont)]

    A stage direction indicating that two or more actors leave the stage. Exeunt is Latin for “They go out.”

    The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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