Definitions for exileˈɛg zaɪl, ˈɛk saɪl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ex•ileˈɛg zaɪl, ˈɛk saɪl(n.; v.)-iled, -il•ing.

  1. (n.)expulsion from one's native land or home by authoritative decree.

  2. the fact or state of such expulsion:

    to live in exile.

  3. prolonged separation from one's country or home, as by force of circumstances:

    wartime exile.

  4. a person banished or separated from his or her native land.

  5. the Exile, the Babylonian captivity of the Jews, 597–538 b .c .

    Category: Judaism

  6. (v.t.)to expel or banish (a person) from his or her country; expatriate.

  7. to separate from country, home, etc.

Origin of exile:

1250–1300; ME exil banishment < L ex(s)ilium=exsul banished person +-ium -ium1

ex•il•icɛgˈzɪl ɪk, ɛkˈsɪl-(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. exile, expatriate, expat(noun)

    a person who is voluntarily absent from home or country

    "American expatriates"

  2. exile, deportee(noun)

    a person who is expelled from home or country by authority

  3. exile, deportation, expatriation, transportation(verb)

    the act of expelling a person from their native land

    "men in exile dream of hope"; "his deportation to a penal colony"; "the expatriation of wealthy farmers"; "the sentence was one of transportation for life"

  4. expatriate, deport, exile(verb)

    expel from a country

    "The poet was exiled because he signed a letter protesting the government's actions"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. exile(noun)ˈɛg zaɪl, ˈɛk saɪl

    when sb is forced to live away from their own country

    He's been living in exile for the past 20 years.

  2. exileˈɛg zaɪl, ˈɛk saɪl

    sb who is in exile

    ***Soviet exiles

  3. exile(verb)ˈɛg zaɪl, ˈɛk saɪl

    to force sb to live in exile


  1. exile(Noun)

    The state of being banished from one's home or country.

  2. exile(Noun)

    Someone who is banished from one's home or country.


  3. exile(Verb)

    To send into exile.

  4. Origin: exil, from essil exil, from exsilium, exilium, derived from exsul, exul.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Exile(noun)

    forced separation from one's native country; expulsion from one's home by the civil authority; banishment; sometimes, voluntary separation from one's native country

  2. Exile(noun)

    the person expelled from his country by authority; also, one who separates himself from his home

  3. Exile(verb)

    to banish or expel from one's own country or home; to drive away

  4. Exile(adj)

    small; slender; thin; fine


  1. Exile

    Exile means to be away from one's home, while either being explicitly refused permission to return and/or being threatened with imprisonment or death upon return. It can be a form of punishment and solitude. It is common to distinguish between internal exile, i.e., forced resettlement within the country of residence, and external exile, deportation outside the country of residence. Although most commonly used to describe an individual situation, the term is also used for groups, or for an entire government. Terms such as diaspora and refugee describe group exile, both voluntary and forced, and government in exile describes a government of a country that has been forced to relocate and argue its legitimacy from outside that country. Exile can also be a self-imposed departure from one's homeland. Self-exile is often depicted as a form of protest by the person that claims it, to avoid persecution or legal matters, an act of shame or repentance, or isolating oneself to be able to devote time to a particular thing. Article 9 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that, "No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile."

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'exile' in Nouns Frequency: #2652

Anagrams of exile

  1. lexie, Lexie

  2. Lexie

Translations for exile

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a person who lives outside his own country either from choice or because he is forced to do so

an exile from his native land.

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