[ig-zurg, ek-surg, eg-zurg]


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

Nearby words

  1. exercitation,
  2. exercycle,
  3. exeresis,
  4. exergaming,
  5. exergonic,
  6. exert,
  7. exert oneself,
  8. exertainment,
  9. exertion,
  10. exeter

Origin of exergue

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

Related formsex·ergu·al [ig-zur-guh l, ek-sur-] /ɪgˈzɜr gəl, ɛkˈsɜr-/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for exergue



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

Word Origin for exergue

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

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