[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. exigible,
  2. exiguity,
  3. exiguous,
  4. exiguously,
  5. exilarch,
  6. exilic,
  7. eximious,
  8. exine,
  9. exist,
  10. existence

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 formsex·il·a·ble, adjectiveex·il·er, nounqua·si-ex·iled, adjectiveun·ex·iled, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for exile


/ (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 Formsexilic (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


/ (ˈɛɡzaɪl, ˈɛksaɪl) /


the Exile another name for Babylonian captivity
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