ex

1 of 8

noun (1)

: one that formerly held a specified position or place
especially : a former spouse or former partner in an intimate relationship

ex

2 of 8

noun (2)

: the letter x

ex

3 of 8

preposition

1
: out of : from: such as
a
: from a specified place or source
b
: from a specified dam
a promising calf by Eric XVI ex Heatherbell
2
: free from : without: such as
a
: without an indicated value or right
used especially of securities
b
: free of charges precedent to removal from the specified place with purchaser to provide means of subsequent transportation
ex dock

ex

4 of 8

abbreviation (1)

1
example
2
exchange
3
executive
4
express
5
extra

Ex

5 of 8

abbreviation (2)

Exodus

ex-

6 of 8

prefix (1)

e,
 also occurs in this prefix where only  i,
 is shown below (as in "express") and  ks,
 sometimes occurs where only  is shown (as in "exact") gz
1
: out of : outside
exclave
2
: not
exstipulate
3
(ˌ)eks,
ˈeks
: former
ex-president

ex-

7 of 8

combining form

see exo-

ex-

8 of 8

prefix (2)

variants or before consonants ec-
: out of : away : off
eccentric
ectopic

Examples of ex in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Weisselberg and another longtime company executive, ex-controller Jeffrey McConney, were barred from ever holding a corporate finance or leadership role in the state. Michael R. Sisak, Quartz, 17 Feb. 2024 In a People cover story following his Super Bowl halftime performance, Usher opened up about his Confessions album, which features several songs with lyrics about a man cheating on his partner with his ex. Christy Piña, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Feb. 2024 The actor was expected to receive his sentence on Tuesday, a month after he was convicted of assaulting and harassing his ex-girlfriend Grace Jabbari. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 6 Feb. 2024 That could be a hacker, a jealous ex, a relative or even your boss. Kim Komando, Fox News, 22 Jan. 2024 He’s been very open about it and his story matches with information that a mutual friend (of his ex’s) has told me. Shon Faye, Vogue, 12 Jan. 2024 There were reasonable expectations that something, somehow could prevent the looming rematch between Trump and Joe Biden, who succeeded Trump but has never been acknowledged by the ex-President and millions of his followers as America’s legitimate leader. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, 28 Dec. 2023 This is about correcting yesterday, for your ex’s sake, not spinning or selling tomorrow for your own. Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, 26 Dec. 2023 Video montages ticked through her old controversies, quips, and exes (hello, Tupac!). Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 15 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

ex- entry 1

Preposition

Latin

Prefix (1)

borrowed from Latin ex- (before vowels and voiceless consonants), ē- (from *egz-, before voiced consonants), from ex, ē, preposition, "out of, from," going back to Indo-European *h1eḱ-s or *h1eǵh-s, whence also Old Irish a, as "out of, from," Middle Welsh ech, Greek ex, ek, Lithuanian ìš, ìž, Old Church Slavic iz (with unexplained i in Balto-Slavic); (sense 3) borrowed from Late Latin, as in exconsul "former consul," based on Latin ex in the sense "from being, having formerly held (an office)," as in ex assessōre praefectus praetōriī "advanced from the position of judge's assistant to commander of the Praetorian Guard" (Suetonius)

Prefix (2)

borrowed from Greek ex-, ek-, from ex, ek, preposition, "out of, from" — more at ex- entry 1

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1827, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1818, in the meaning defined above

Preposition

circa 1755, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of ex was circa 1755

Dictionary Entries Near ex

Cite this Entry

“Ex.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ex. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

ex-

1 of 2 prefix
(ˌ)eks,
ˈeks
: former
ex-president

ex-

2 of 2
see exo-
Etymology

Prefix

from earlier ex- (prefix), from Latin ex- "out of, from"

Medical Definition

ex

abbreviation
1
examined
2
example
3
exercise

Legal Definition

ex-

1 of 2 prefix
: free from : without

Ex.

2 of 2 abbreviation
Exchequer
Etymology

Prefix

Latin ex from, out of

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