ex·​or·​di·​um eg-ˈzȯr-dē-əm How to pronounce exordium (audio)
plural exordiums or exordia eg-ˈzȯr-dē-ə How to pronounce exordium (audio)
: a beginning or introduction especially to a discourse or composition
exordial adjective

Examples of exordium in a Sentence

in his exordium the author warns his readers that they should expect a radically different interpretation of the causes of the war

Word History


Latin, from exordiri to begin, from ex- + ordiri to begin — more at order

First Known Use

1577, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of exordium was in 1577

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Cite this Entry

“Exordium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exordium. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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