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

  • n. The act of ejecting, forcing out, or supplanting.
  • n. The state of being ejected, forced out, or supplanted.
  • n. One that ejects, forces out, or supplants another.
  • n. Law The act of forcing one out of possession or occupancy of material property to which one is entitled; illegal or wrongful dispossession.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A putting out of possession; dispossession; ejection.
  • n. Action by a cotenant that prevents another cotenant from enjoying the use of jointly owned property.
  • n. Specifically, the forceful removal of a politician or regime from power; coup.
  • n. Someone who ousts.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A putting out of possession; dispossession; disseizin; -- of a person.
  • n. Expulsion; ejection; ; -- of a person, from a place or group.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In law, a putting out of possession; ejection; the act of depriving one of his freehold.

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

  • n. a person who ousts or supplants someone else
  • n. the act of ejecting someone or forcing them out
  • n. a wrongful dispossession


Anglo-Norman, to oust, ouster; see oust.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Law French ouster, oustre, noun use of Anglo-Norman oustreĀ ("to oust"). (Wiktionary)
to oust + -er (Wiktionary)


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