a person connected with an institution but not residing in it, as a doctor or medical student at a hospital.
a nun of a strictly enclosed order, as the Carmelites, who resides inside the convent but outside its enclosure and who chiefly goes on outside errands.
Archaic. external; outer.
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How to use extern in a sentence
That a professed nun should be expected to feel personal and unspiritual interest in an extern!A Forgotten Hero | Emily Sarah Holt
Carin extern vald carinat cum sulco laterali ad utrumque latus.A Monograph on the Sub-class Cirripedia (Volume 2 of 2) | Charles Darwin
I own this is a damper to sanguine and florid temperaments, who abound in these practical demonstrations and 'compliments extern.'Table-Talk | William Hazlitt
A further proof perhaps of Puck's rural and extern character is the following rather trifling circumstance.The Fairy Mythology | Thomas Keightley
Ratio: Intentio adorandi objectum materiale, non est de essenti extern adorationis, ut patet in deosculatione religios.Letters of Samuel Rutherford | Samuel Rutherford
British Dictionary definitions for extern
US a person, such as a physician at a hospital, who has an official connection with an institution but does not reside in it
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