permission granted by a bishop to a priest to leave the diocese.
British. official permission for a student to be absent from a college or university.

Origin of exeat

1475–85; noun use of Latin exeat let (him) go out, 3rd person singular present subjunctive of exīre to go out
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Examples from the Web for exeat

Historical Examples of exeat

  • I've got an exeat and I didn't expect it, and I'm going off my head a little.

  • "You'll very likely get an exeat the week after," consoled Violet.

  • But he didn't enjoy his exeat, because he knew that Cæsar was in trouble.

    The Hill

    Horace Annesley Vachell

  • “The doctor has given you an exeat if you wish to go,” said Mr Stratton.

  • Arthur cut, armed with an exeat, and made the momentous purchase.

    The Master of the Shell

    Talbot Baines Reed

British Dictionary definitions for exeat


noun British

leave of absence from school or some other institution
a bishop's permission for a priest to leave his diocese in order to take up an appointment elsewhere

Word Origin for exeat

C18: Latin, literally: he may go out, from exīre
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