ex·​pi·​ry | \ ik-ˈspī(-ə)r-ē How to pronounce expiry (audio) , ˈek-spə-rē How to pronounce expiry (audio) \
plural expiries

Definition of expiry

: expiration: such as
a : exhalation of breath
b : death
c : termination especially : the termination of a time or period fixed by law, contract, or agreement

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Examples of expiry in a Sentence

the expiry of the waiting period the expiry of a great empire is always a cataclysmic event
Recent Examples on the Web The tests have a two year expiry date and can currently be delivered with 24 hours notice to any U.K. address. Sarah Turner, Forbes, "Essential 2021 Airline Packing: An Portable COVID-19 Antigen Testing Kit," 3 Mar. 2021 Before that question can even be addressed, however, a more urgent issue has to be dealt with, namely the automatic expiry of the entire EB-5 program by June 30th, 2021. Andy J. Semotiuk, Forbes, "U.S. EB-5 Investor Immigration Needs Renewal And Overhaul," 28 Feb. 2021 Though no one knows the trees’ absolute expiry date, the oldest ever recorded is 3,200 years old. Thayer Walker, Scientific American, "Are Giant Sequoia Trees Succumbing to Drought?," 29 Dec. 2016 The immovable deadline is December 31, the expiry date for arrangements that have provided Britain with all the trade and economic benefits of EU membership after its exit in January 2020. Charles Riley, CNN, "Pound heading for a crash if Britain fails to get a Brexit trade deal," 11 Dec. 2020 All to say, despite our collective frustrations around the virus’s nonexistent expiry date and its impact on our daily lives, now isn’t the time to get lazy about your masks. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Governor Cuomo and His Daughter Mariah Kennedy-Cuomo Launch New York’s Mask Up Campaign With The RealReal," 26 Oct. 2020 The negotiations are taking place as the clock ticks down on the expiry in February of the New START treaty, the last remaining accord limiting the nuclear arsenals of the two former Cold War adversaries. Ilya Arkhipov, Bloomberg.com, "Russia Dismisses Trump Hope of Nuclear Deal Before U.S. Election," 14 Oct. 2020 Options being assessed by the board include an extension of its revolving credit facility beyond its expiry in December, an additional term loan or an equity raise, the company said in its results statement. Thomas Seal, Bloomberg.com, "Cineworld Mulls Fundraising If James Bond Rescue Gets Delayed," 24 Sep. 2020 Some of the things begin to expire, but an expiry date on something that’s sealed is a suggestion, after all, not a rule, and often wildly, irresponsibly conservative. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's Magazine, "Reason Not the Need," 15 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of expiry

1752, in the meaning defined above

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15 Mar 2021

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“Expiry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expiry. Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of expiry

chiefly British : the fact of expiring


ex·​pi·​ry | \ ik-ˈspī(ə)r-ē How to pronounce expiry (audio) , ˈek-spə-rē How to pronounce expiry (audio) \
plural expiries

Medical Definition of expiry

1 : exhalation of breath
2 : death

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