ex·​tem·​po·​re | \ ik-ˈstem-pə-(ˌ)rē How to pronounce extempore (audio) \

Definition of extempore

: in an extemporaneous manner speaking extempore

First Known Use of extempore

circa 1553, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for extempore

Latin ex tempore, from ex + tempore, ablative of tempus time

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The first known use of extempore was circa 1553

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