[ek-see-uh nt, -oo nt]
- (they) go offstage (used formerly as a stage direction, usually preceding the names of the characters): Exeunt soldiers and townspeople.
Origin of exeunt
1475–85; < Latin, 3rd person plural present indicative of exīre to exit1
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Examples from the Web for exeunt
But his hopes were dashed when Alan replied that he was referring to the final stage direction (Exeunt, bearing off the bodies).Alan Turing’s Brother: He Should Be Alive Today
John Ferrier Turing
June 23, 2012
Exeunt all, in the same order as they came, towards the interior of the city.Turandot, Princess of China
Karl Gustav Vollmller
As they are about to exeunt, Bob approaches them—Scrooge retires up.A Christmas Carol
C. Z. Barnett
Exeunt, processionally, all except Judith, Ozias and Achior.Judith
So exeunt Mrs. Glibbans, Miss Mally, and the two young ladies.The Ayrshire Legatees
Exeunt children, and re-enter stewards, each with a blue plate in his hand.Sketches by Boz
- they go out: used as a stage direction
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Word Origin and History for exeunt
stage direction, late 15c., from Latin, literally "they go out," third person plural present indicative of exire (see exit).
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