Definitions

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

  • adjective Going beyond what is reasonable or customary, especially in cost or price.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Deviating from proper limitation or rule; excessively enlarged or extended; out of order or proportion.
  • Going beyond the bounds of reason; extravagantly exacting or exacted; inordinate; excessive: as, exorbitant charges or prices; an exorbitant usurer.
  • Synonyms Inordinate, unreasonable, unconscionable.

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

  • adjective Departing from an orbit or usual track; hence, deviating from the usual or due course; going beyond the appointed rules or established limits of right or propriety; excessive; extravagant; enormous; inordinate
  • adjective Not comprehended in a settled rule or method; anomalous.

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

  • adjective exceeding proper limits; extravagant; excessive or unduly high

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, aberrant, flagrant, from Old French, excessive, extreme, from Late Latin exorbitāns, exorbitant-, present participle of exorbitāre, to deviate : Latin ex-, ex- + Latin orbita, path, track; see orbit.]

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  • This was why the fee for the hotel was exorbitant. -Charlaine Harris, Living Dead in Dallas

    December 11, 2010