- with the exclusion of; excluding; save; but: They were all there except me.
- except for, if it were not for: She would travel more except for lack of money.
Origin of except1
- Also: except for other than; apart from; with the exception ofhe likes everyone except you; except for this mistake, you did very well
- except that (conjunction) but for the fact that; were it not true that
- an archaic word for unless
- informal except that; but for the fact thatI would have arrived earlier, except I lost my way
- (tr) to leave out; omit; exclude
- (intr often foll by to) rare to take exception; object
Word Origin for except
late 14c., "to receive," from Middle French excepter (12c.), from Latin exceptus, past participle of excipere "take out," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + capere "to take" (see capable). Meaning "to leave out" is from 1510s. Related: Excepted; excepting. Adjectival function led to use as a preposition, conjunction (late 14c.).
Also, with the exception of. Other than, were it not for. For example, Except for Jack, everyone came to the party, or With the exception of the weather, everything went extremely well. [c. 1600]