American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Outside; out of; away from: exodontia.
- Not; without: excaudate.
- Former: ex-president.
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.’ It is used in English only in certain commercial formulas, as— “20 chests tea ex Sea-King,” where ex means taken out of or delivered from the vessel named;
- A prefix of Latin, and in some cases of Greek origin, meaning primarily ‘out,’ ‘out of.’ In English words it preserves or reproduces its particular uses in the language of its origin. (See etymology.) Thus, in exclude, exhale, etc., it signifies ‘out,’ ‘out of’; in exscind, ‘off’; in exceed, excel, etc., ‘beyond.’ It is often (especially in the reduced form e-) simply privative, as in exstipulate, eplicate. In some words it is intensive merely, in others it has no particular force. Prefixed to names implying office, ex-signifies that the person has held but is now ‘out of’ that office: as, ex-president, ex-minister, ex-senator.
- An abbreviation of Exodus.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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 outof the office or condition now. The Greek form 'ex becomes exin English, as in exarch; 'ek becomes ec, as in eccentric.
- 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
- 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)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Latin and Greek; see eghs in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“An aide to ex-Rep. Giffords, who was wounded at the same event where she was shot, said he will run to fill her seat.”
“Ferran Adrià is not closing El Bulli, the world's ex- best restaurant, tonight, he is simply "changing, moving on … improving", a process that involves, erm, closing it.”
“The people said that an SAC managing director, Michael C. Sullivan , a former staffer for ex-Sen. John Ensign, also cited Mr. Cohen's civic-minded interest in considering purchasing a stake in the New York Mets.”
“Siemens is naming ex-Gen. Stanley McChrystal to a supervisory role as part of its push to win more business with the U.S. government.”
“Sam is the name of two little boys I know, but it is a good ex- con-sounding name.”
“When people see headlines that Calpers has had a great year, it takes some of the pressure off" for change, says David Crane , a former adviser to ex-Gov.”
“While the full impact of John Nettles's departure has yet to be ascertained, ill-chosen remarks by now ex- producer Brian True-May re: the programme's status as a "bastion of Englishness" have hinted at something more sinister lurking in the Midsomer undergrowth.”
“Preface it with ex- and the definition became something altogether different.”
“In sharp contrast, you think your ex- has taken all the 'good' with him or her and is living it up.”
“Traveling with her tiny Pomeranian, she checks into a motel and calls that ex-: Buddy Slade Patrick Wilson.”
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