From Middle English eschaunge, from Anglo-Norman eschaunge, from Old French eschange (whence modern French échange), from the verb eschanger, from Vulgar Latin *excambiāre, present active infinitive of *excambiō (from Latin ex with Late Latin cambiō). Spelling later changed on the basis of ex- in English.
exchange (plural exchanges)
- An act of exchanging or trading.
- All in all, it was an even exchange.
- an exchange of cattle for grain
- A place for conducting trading.
- The stock exchange is open for trading.
- A telephone exchange.
- (telephony, US only?) The fourth through sixth digits of a ten-digit phone number (the first three before the introduction of area codes).
- The 555 exchange is reserved for use by the phone company, which is why it's often used in films.
- NPA-NXX-1234 is standard format, where NPA is the area code and NXX is the exchange.
- A conversation.
- After an exchange with the manager, we were no wiser.
- 2014, Ian Black, "Courts kept busy as Jordan works to crush support for Isis", The Guardian, 27 November 2014:
- “Why bother with the daily grind when you can go to Mosul, get paid $400 a month, get a wife – and live an Islamic way,” went an exchange between two men overheard by a fellow passenger in a taxi. Rumour has it that a woman whose husband died fighting with Isis now receives a generous widow’s pension from jihadi coffers.
- (chess) The loss of one piece and associated capture of another
- (obsolete) The thing given or received in return; especially, a publication exchanged for another.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
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From Middle English eschaungen, from Anglo-Norman eschaungier, eschanger, from the Old French verb eschangier, eschanger (whence modern French échanger), from Vulgar Latin *excambiāre, present active infinitive of *excambiō (from Latin ex with Late Latin cambiō). Gradually displaced native Old English wrixlan, wixlan (“to change, exchange, reciprocate”) and its descendants.
- (transitive) To trade or barter.
- I'll gladly exchange my place for yours.
- (transitive) To replace with, as a substitute.
- I'd like to exchange this shirt for one in a larger size.
- Since his arrest, the mob boss has exchanged a mansion for a jail cell.