[ ek-see-at ]

  1. permission granted by a bishop to a priest to leave the diocese.

  2. 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

Words Nearby exeat

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How to use exeat in a sentence

  • The monotony of his schooldays was only broken by his Sunday exeat which was spent at home.

  • He added, with a return of the grim humour of a don, that he supposed that as a sovereign prince I need scarcely “take an exeat.”

    The Fall of Prince Florestan of Monaco | Charles Wentworth Dilke
  • The sisters watched the weather anxiously when their fortnightly exeat came round.

    A Patriotic Schoolgirl | Angela Brazil
  • It was highly aggravating, because she was considered an invalid, and her Wednesday exeat was cancelled.

    A Patriotic Schoolgirl | Angela Brazil
  • They have got him an exeat from the Doctor, they have bought him lines and bait, they have filled his pockets with good things.

    Follow My leader | Talbot Baines Reed

British Dictionary definitions for exeat


/ (ˈɛksɪət) /

  1. leave of absence from school or some other institution

  2. a bishop's permission for a priest to leave his diocese in order to take up an appointment elsewhere

Origin of exeat

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

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