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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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  • In that case, we may, if we can hold out so long, hope to be rescued by an expeditionary party.

    The Firebrand S. R. Crockett
  • The one was to be, as it were, the conductor, and the other the statesman of the expeditionary corps.

    Freeland Theodor Hertzka
  • Don't you care; now I'm coming with my expeditionary forces, and you and I'll foil them yet.

    Tom Slade at Black Lake Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • The fall of Namur without effect on the expeditionary Force?

    Good Old Anna Marie Belloc Lowndes
  • Not for long did it seem that the casualties would be confined to the regular army and the expeditionary force.

    While I Remember Stephen McKenna
  • When the expeditionary force arrived, it found no one to shoot at.

    The Myth of a Guilty Nation Albert Jay Nock
  • Senior officer under Stone, ablest man in the expeditionary forces, and Brand's oldest friend!

  • The return of the expeditionary force was not nearly so rapid as its preceding march.

    The Rebel Chief Gustave Aimard
British Dictionary definitions for expeditionary


relating to or constituting an expedition, esp a military one: an expeditionary force
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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