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Etymology 1[edit]

From Latin ēgressus, from ex- + gressus.


  • enPR: ēʹgrĕs, IPA(key): /ˈiːɡɹɛs/
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egress (countable and uncountable, plural egresses)

  1. An exit or way out.
    The window provides an egress in the event of an emergency.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book II”, in Paradise Lost. [], London: [] [Samuel Simmons], [], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: [], London: Basil Montagu Pickering [], 1873, OCLC 230729554:
      Gates of burning adamant, / Barred over us, prohibit all egress.
    • 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter I, in The Purchase Price: Or The Cause of Compromise, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 639762314:
      Serene, smiling, enigmatic, she faced him with no fear whatever showing in her dark eyes. [] She put back a truant curl from her forehead where it had sought egress to the world, and looked him full in the face now, drawing a deep breath which caused the round of her bosom to lift the lace at her throat.
    • 2021 December 29, Dominique Louis, “Causal analysis: crashworthiness at Sandilands”, in RAIL, number 947, page 33:
      We also found that the only emergency egress from the tram was by smashing the front or rear windscreens, and that emergency lighting had failed when the tram overturned.
  2. The process of exiting or leaving.
    • 2003, International Building Code (IBC), Chapter 10 section 1001.1:
      Buildings or portions thereof shall be provided with a means of egress system as required this chapter. The provisions of this chapter shall control the design, construction and arrangement of means egress components required to provide an approved means of egress from structures and portions thereof.
  3. (astronomy) The end of the transit of a celestial body through the disk of an apparently larger one.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Latin egressum, past participle egredi.



egress (third-person singular simple present egresses, present participle egressing, simple past and past participle egressed)

  1. (intransitive) To exit or leave; to go or come out.