ex·​cur·​sus | \ ik-ˈskər-səs How to pronounce excursus (audio) \
plural excursuses also excursus\ ik-​ˈskər-​səs How to pronounce excursus (audio) , -​ˌsüs \

Definition of excursus

: an appendix or digression that contains further exposition of some point or topic

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Examples of excursus in a Sentence

this biography of Eleanor of Aquitaine contains an interesting excursus on the status of women in the Middle Ages
Recent Examples on the Web There are long critical essays, short book reviews, reportage with a literary inflection, histories, missives, diary entries, aphorisms, parables, advice, dreams, a test, fictional excursus and, yes, lists. Zachary Fine, WSJ, "‘Attention’ Review: Anatomist of Our Disorder," 30 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of excursus

1803, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for excursus

Latin, digression, from excurrere

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The first known use of excursus was in 1803

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“Excursus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excursus. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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