[ ig-zawr-bi-tuhnt ]
/ ɪgˈzɔr bɪ tənt /


exceeding the bounds of custom, propriety, or reason, especially in amount or extent; highly excessive: to charge an exorbitant price; exorbitant luxury.
Archaic. outside the authority of the law.

Origin of exorbitant

1425–75; late Middle English < Late Latin exorbitant- (stem of exorbitāns, present participle of exorbitāre to go out of the track), equivalent to ex- ex-1 + orbit(a) wheel track (see orbit) + -ant- -ant

Related forms

ex·or·bi·tant·ly, adverbun·ex·or·bi·tant, adjectiveun·ex·or·bi·tant·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for exorbitant


/ (ɪɡˈzɔːbɪtənt) /


(of prices, demands, etc) in excess of what is reasonable; excessive; extravagant; immoderate

Derived Forms

exorbitance, nounexorbitantly, adverb

Word Origin for exorbitant

C15: from Late Latin exorbitāre to deviate, from Latin orbita track
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