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Borrowed from Latin exeunt (they leave), the third-person plural present active indicative of exeō (leave).



exeunt (plural exeunts)

  1. A stage direction for more than one actor to leave the stage.
    Coordinate term: (singular form) exeat
    • 1909, Victor Emanuel Albright, The Shakesperian stage, page 124:
      undoubtedly the curtains closed at the exeunt of all the characters but one.
    • 2002, Alan C. Dessen, Rescripting Shakespeare: the text, the director, and modern productions, page 223:
      In addition, several exits that have interpretative significance are changed by editors to exeunts and vice-versa.
  2. An act of one or more actors leaving the stage.
    • 1854, Anna Cora Ogden Mowatt Ritchie, Autobiography of an Actress; Or, Eight Years on the Stage, page 35:
      To supply the place of scenery, it was hung round with crimson curtains, through which we were to make our entrances and exeunts.



exeunt (third-person singular simple present exeunts, present participle exeunting, simple past and past participle exeunted)

  1. (archaic, drama) They leave the stage (a stage direction to two or more actors, the plural counterpart of exit).

Usage notes[edit]

The inflected forms of the verb (exeunted and exeunting) are extremely rare and often jocular. When used, the word is simply exeunt in most cases.

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  1. third-person plural present active indicative of exeō