Definition of exeunt in US English:



  • Used as a stage direction in a printed play to indicate that a group of characters leave the stage.

    ‘exeunt Hamlet and Polonius’
    See also exit
    • ‘Having decided that he has expressed himself fully, Budd concludes three decades of musical activity with a glorious exeunt that crystallizes his body of work into a singular, magnificent statement.’
    • ‘The odds at present on the final outcome must be that there will be a dramatic ending with Microsoft upstaged: exeunt WinCo left, and AppCo right.’
    • ‘They both open their car doors and exeunt vehicle, meeting at the sidewalk.’
    • ‘The leader of the two-man crew walked around the house with a tape measure looking for an apt exeunt, and I believe he would have taken it upstairs and swung it out the bedroom window if that was the only option.’
    • ‘I love thee. (music ends, exeunt all but TIAGO, CELIA, and CHRISTOPHERO) Meet me at the riverbank in five days, dear Celia!’
    • ‘Then a hundred men would exeunt as only thieves can - without sound, without trace.’


  • exeunt omnes

    • Used as a stage direction to indicate that all the actors leave the stage.

      • ‘That classic Shakespearean stage direction, exeunt omnes, or ‘everybody leaves’, includes another form of the same word.’
      • ‘‘My lady, I believe it's time for exeunt omnes.’’


Late 15th century: Latin, literally ‘they go out’, third person plural present tense of exire.