[ek-see-uh nt, -oo nt]

verb (used without object)

(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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Contemporary Examples of exeunt

Historical Examples of exeunt

  • 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.


    Arnold Bennett

  • So exeunt Mrs. Glibbans, Miss Mally, and the two young ladies.

  • Exeunt children, and re-enter stewards, each with a blue plate in his hand.

    Sketches by Boz

    Charles Dickens

British Dictionary definitions for exeunt


they go out: used as a stage direction
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

exeunt in Culture


[(ek-see-uhnt, ek-see-oont)]

A stage direction indicating that two or more actors leave the stage. Exeunt is Latin for “They go out.”

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