[ ig-zurg, ek-surg, eg-zurg ]
/ ɪgˈzɜrg, ˈɛk sɜrg, ˈɛg zɜrg /


the space below the device on a coin or medal, sometimes separated from the field by a line.

Origin of exergue

1690–1700; < French, apparently < Greek ex- ex-3 + érgon work

Related forms

ex·ergu·al [ig-zur-guh l, ek-sur-] /ɪgˈzɜr gəl, ɛkˈsɜr-/, adjective
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/ (ɛkˈsɜːɡ) /


a space on the reverse of a coin or medal below the central design, often containing the date, place of minting, etc

Derived Forms

exergual, adjective

Word Origin for exergue

C17: from French, from Medieval Latin exergum, from Greek ex outside + ergon work
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