except for


: with the exception of
everyone was gone except for me
: were it not for
except for you I would be dead

Examples of except for in a Sentence

except for newscasts, I hardly watch any television at all
Recent Examples on the Web The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every day, except for Dec. 25. USA TODAY, 12 Apr. 2024 And the director, Danya Taymor, pulls it off by gathering all the theatrical tools at her disposal, except for music — a daring choice for a musical. Elisabeth Vincentelli, Washington Post, 12 Apr. 2024 Step 3: Get the Cutting Ready First, remove all the leaves except for the top set. Quincy Bulin, Southern Living, 12 Apr. 2024 In that area, people will be able to move freely except for the vehicle screenings. Alison Dirr, Journal Sentinel, 11 Apr. 2024 On all three days, vehicles over 24 feet, trailers and horses are prohibited except for vehicles and trailers with a campground reservation. Dina Kaur, The Arizona Republic, 11 Apr. 2024 The mall reopened by Sunday, except for the Martini Bar where the shootout occurred. Rebecca San Juan, Miami Herald, 7 Apr. 2024 There’s nothing quite like the thrill of excavating your sandals from the depths of your closet at the first signs of spring — well, except for buying a new pair, that is. Merrell Readman, Travel + Leisure, 6 Apr. 2024 There were very few respiratory illnesses, except for that one fatal case. Helen Branswell, STAT, 5 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of except for was in the 15th century

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“Except for.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/except%20for. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

except for

: with the exception of : but for
all A's except for a B in Latin
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