[ek-sturn; for 3 also ik-sturn]
- 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.
Origin of extern
1525–35; < Latin externus, derivative of exter, exterus. See exterior
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Examples from the Web for extern
That a professed nun should be expected to feel personal and unspiritual interest in an extern!A Forgotten Hero
Emily Sarah Holt
Patrick blessed them, and said that the children they would bear to extern tribes would be illustrious.
Alis badio-fuscis; strigis duabus obliquis, extern abbreviat, albis.
A further proof perhaps of Puck's rural and extern character is the following rather trifling circumstance.The Fairy Mythology
Carin extern vald carinat cum sulco laterali ad utrumque latus.A Monograph on the Sub-class Cirripedia (Volume 2 of 2)
- US a person, such as a physician at a hospital, who has an official connection with an institution but does not reside in it
C16: from Latin externus external
Word Origin and History for extern
"outsider," c.1600, from French externe, from Latin externus (see external).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- An advanced student or recent graduate who assists in the medical or surgical care of hospital patients and may reside outside the institution.