from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Outside; out of; away from: exodontia.
- Not; without: excaudate.
- Former: ex-president.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- out of
- former, but still living (almost always used with a hyphen)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- A prefix from the latin preposition, ex, akin to Gr. 'ex or 'ek signifying out of, out, proceeding from. Hence, in composition, it signifies out of, . In some words, it intensifies the meaning; in others, it has little affect on the signification. It becomes ef- before f, as in effuse. The form e- occurs instead of ex- before b, d, g, l, m, n, r, and v, as in ebullient, emanate, enormous, etc. In words from the French it often appears as es-, sometimes as s- or é-. Ex-, prefixed to names implying office, station, condition, denotes that the person formerly held the office, or is out of the office or condition now. The Greek form 'ex becomes ex in English, as in exarch; 'ek becomes ec, as in eccentric.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A dialectal variant of ax.
- n. A dialectal form of ax.
- A dialectal variant of ask.
- n. The name of the letter X, x. It is rarely written, the symbol being used instead.
- A Latin preposition, meaning ‘out,’ ‘out of.’
- A prefix of Latin, and in some cases of Greek origin, meaning primarily ‘out,’ ‘out of.’
- An abbreviation of Exodus.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a man who was formerly a certain woman's husband
- adj. out of fashion
- n. a woman who was formerly a particular man's wife
- n. the 24th letter of the Roman alphabet
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin and Greek; see eghs in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English from words borrowed from Middle French; from Latin ex- ("out of, from"), from Proto-Indo-European *eǵ-, *eǵs- (“out”), *eǵʰs. Cognate with Ancient Greek ἐξ (eks, "out of, from"), Transalpine Gaulish ex- ("out"), Old Irish ess- ("out"), Old Church Slavonic изу (izu, "out"), Russian из (iz, "from, out of"). (Wiktionary)