[ eg-zahyl, ek-sahyl ]
/ ˈɛg zaɪl, ˈɛk saɪl /


verb (used with object), ex·iled, ex·il·ing.

to expel or banish (a person) from his or her country; expatriate.
to separate from country, home, etc.: Disagreements exiled him from his family.

Origin of exile

1250–1300; Middle English exil banishment < Latin ex(s)ilium, equivalent to exsul banished person + -ium -ium


7, 8 evict, drive out, cast out, eject, deport.

Related forms

ex·il·a·ble, adjectiveex·il·er, nounqua·si-ex·iled, adjectiveun·ex·iled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for exile (1 of 2)


/ (ˈɛɡzaɪl, ˈɛksaɪl) /


a prolonged, usually enforced absence from one's home or country; banishment
the expulsion of a person from his native land by official decree
a person banished or living away from his home or country; expatriate


to expel from home or country, esp by official decree as a punishment; banish

Derived Forms

exilic (ɛɡˈzɪlɪk, ɛkˈsɪlɪk) or exilian, adjective

Word Origin for exile

C13: from Latin exsilium banishment, from exsul banished person; perhaps related to Greek alasthai to wander

British Dictionary definitions for exile (2 of 2)


/ (ˈɛɡzaɪl, ˈɛksaɪl) /


the Exile another name for Babylonian captivity
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