from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Enforced removal from one's native country.
- n. Self-imposed absence from one's country.
- n. The condition or a period of living away from one's native country.
- n. One who lives away from one's native country, whether because of expulsion or voluntary absence.
- transitive v. To send into exile; banish. See Synonyms at banish.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The state of being banished from one's home or country.
- n. Someone who is banished from one's home or country.
- v. To send into exile.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Forced separation from one's native country; expulsion from one's home by the civil authority; banishment; sometimes, voluntary separation from one's native country.
- n. The person expelled from his country by authority; also, one who separates himself from his home.
- transitive v. To banish or expel from one's own country or home; to drive away.
- adj. Small; slender; thin; fine.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Expulsion from one's country or home by an authoritative decree, for a definite period or in perpetuity; banishment; expatriation: as, the exile of Napoleon; exile to Siberia.
- n. Residence in a foreign land or a remote place enforced by the government of which one has been a subject or citizen, or by stress of circumstances; separation from one's native or chosen home or country and friends; the condition of living in banishment.
- n. Removal.
- n. A banished person; a person expelled from his country or home by authority, or separated from it by necessity: as, Siberian exiles; a band of exiles.
- n. Synonyms Proscription, expulsion, ostracism.
- To banish from a country or from a particular jurisdiction by authority, with a prohibition of return, for a limited time or for life; expatriate.
- Hence To constrain to abandon country or home; drive to a foreign country, literally or figuratively; expel.
- Slender; thin; fine; light.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. expel from a country
- n. the act of expelling a person from their native land
- n. a person who is expelled from home or country by authority
- n. a person who is voluntarily absent from home or country
Middle English exil, from Old French, from Latin exilium, from exul, exsul, exiled person, wanderer.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English exil, from Old French essil exil, from Latin exsilium, exilium ("state of exile"), derived from exsul, exul ("exiled person"). (Wiktionary)