[ig-zurg, ek-surg, eg-zurg]
the space below the device on a coin or medal, sometimes separated from the field by a line.
Origin of exergue
1690–1700;Related formsex·ergu·al [ig-zur-guh l, ek-sur-] /ɪgˈzɜr gəl, ɛkˈsɜr-/, adjective
apparently < Greek ex- ex-3
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Examples from the Web for exergue
Historical Examples of exergue
I think that a figure or head of Neptune upon the reverse, with the motto round the exergue, Tridens Neptuni sceptrum mundi.
Exergue: fugatis captis aut csis ad cowpens hostibus 17 Jan. 1781.
On the Exergue: hoste ad saratogam in deditionem accepto, die 17 octobris, mdcclxxvii.
Exergue: fugatis captis aut csis ad cowpens hostibus 17 jan. 1781.
In the exergue is a boy fishing, the rebus upon the name of the artist Gio Maria da Pescia.
British Dictionary definitions for exergue
Derived Formsexergual, adjective
a space on the reverse of a coin or medal below the central design, often containing the date, place of minting, etc
Word Origin for exergue
C17: from French, from Medieval Latin exergum, from Greek ex outside + ergon work
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