Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • Used as a stage direction to indicate that two or more performers leave the stage.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun They go out: a word used in the text of plays to denote that point in the action at which two or more actors leave the stage.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • They go out, or retire from the scene. See 1st exit.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A stage direction for more than one actor to leave the stage.
  • verb archaic they leave the stage (a stage direction to two or more actors, the plural counterpart of exit)

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin, third person pl. of exīre, to go out; see exit.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

from Latin exeunt ("they leave"), the third-person plural present active indicative of exeō ("leave").

Examples

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  • Is this still usable? Or is it archaic?

    January 24, 2008

  • Well, none of us seem to be using it, koldewyse, so...go ahead. You can use it. I think it's still working. ;-)

    January 24, 2008

  • Let's just stick to exit, shall we?

    January 24, 2008

  • You can stick to exit; I'm afraid we must use exeunt -- isn't it the plural?

    January 24, 2008

  • Right, A.

    January 24, 2008

  • I like the word, but the spelling always makes me think of fleur-de-lis.

    January 25, 2008

  • it was used to best advantage as a stage direction in Sir Horace Walpole's "The Mysterious Mother": exeunt severally

    April 13, 2009

  • At the least, those illuminated emergency signs in theatres should have this instead of EXIT.

    January 12, 2013