Definition of


  1. (noun, act) the act of expelling a person from their native land
    his deportation to a penal colony
    the expatriation of wealthy farmers
    the sentence was one of transportation for life
  2. (noun, person) a person who is expelled from home or country by authority
  3. (noun, person) a person who is voluntarily absent from home or country
  4. (verb, social) expel from a country

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Alternate forms of Exile

Derivations: exile, exilic

Hyponyms: refugee, remittance man

Hypernyms: absentee, alien, banishment, expel, foreigner, kick out, noncitizen, outlander, proscription, throw out

Origin of the word Exile

  1. c.1300, from O.Fr. exillier, from L.L. exilare, from L. exilium "banishment," from exul "banished person," from ex- "away" + PIE root *al- "to wander" (cf. Gk. alasthai "I wander"). The noun is also c.1300. Derived in ancient times by folk etymology from L. solum "soil." Related: Exiled; exiling. more

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Words that sound like Exile

e. coli, eagle, easel, easily, easy lay, echolalia, egg cell, eggshell, equal, equally, excel, exhale, ezechiel, ezekiel

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