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[ek-spi-dish-uh-ner-ee] /ˌɛk spɪˈdɪʃ əˌnɛr i/
pertaining to or composing an expedition:
an expeditionary force.
Origin of expeditionary
First recorded in 1700-10; expedition + -ary
Related forms
preexpeditionary, adjective Unabridged
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  • The one was to be, as it were, the conductor, and the other the statesman of the expeditionary corps.

    Freeland Theodor Hertzka
  • The fall of Namur without effect on the expeditionary Force?

    Good Old Anna Marie Belloc Lowndes
  • “Doing a tour of the expeditionary Force, I expect,” he said.

    A Padre in France George A. Birmingham
  • At no time was there a shortage of food in the expeditionary forces.

  • When the expeditionary force arrived, it found no one to shoot at.

    The Myth of a Guilty Nation Albert Jay Nock
  • The return of the expeditionary force was not nearly so rapid as its preceding march.

    The Rebel Chief Gustave Aimard
  • The return of the expeditionary corps was a perfect triumphant march.

    The White Scalper Gustave Aimard
  • From his retirement he was summoned to take command of the expeditionary Force.

British Dictionary definitions for expeditionary


relating to or constituting an expedition, esp a military one: an expeditionary force
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