One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A permission from a college, boarding school, or other institution for temporary absence.
permit, warrant, authorization, licenceView synonyms
- ‘It was an exeat and some strings had been pulled to let Gemma stay with the Moffatts for the weekend.’
- ‘In fact, I was going to ask you if you wanted to come home with me one exeat and meet my family.’
- ‘I've been gated, banned from Parkins, warned not to see Jason until the exeat, and I have to do table duty for two weeks!’
- ‘No wonder I never wanted to go back after exeats and holidays.’
- ‘Barracks could now be provided, and exeats were strictly controlled.’
Early 18th century: from Latin, ‘let him or her go out’, third person singular present subjunctive of exire (see exit).
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