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exeunt

[ ek-see-uhnt, -oont ]
/ ˈɛk si ənt, -ˌʊnt /
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verb (used without object)

(they) go offstage (used formerly as a stage direction, usually preceding the names of the characters): Exeunt soldiers and townspeople.

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Origin of exeunt

1475–85; <Latin, 3rd person plural present indicative of exīre to exit1
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British Dictionary definitions for exeunt

exeunt
/ Latin (ˈɛksɪˌʌnt) /

they go out: used as a stage direction
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Cultural definitions for exeunt

exeunt
[ (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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