ex·​tern | \ ek-ˈstərn , ˈek-ˌstərn \

Definition of extern

 (Entry 1 of 2)



ex·​tern | \ ˈek-ˌstərn \
variants: or less commonly externe

Definition of extern (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person connected with an institution but not living or boarding in it specifically : a nonresident doctor or medical student at a hospital

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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Nelson plans to spend three weeks in Jacksonville, Fla., working with Fanatics as part of the players’ association extern program. Cameron Wolfe, The Denver Post, "Corey Nelson says Broncos didn’t have “same fire” or “leadership” in 2016," 3 Feb. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Law clerks and externs from numerous federal courts shared with us that they had felt demeaned, belittled, or humiliated during their clerkships or externships. Joan Biskupic, CNN, "Senate Judiciary Committee takes up #MeToo in the courts," 13 June 2018 The Post reached out to dozens of Kozinski's former clerks and externs for this story. Matt Zapotosky, Anchorage Daily News, "Prominent appeals court judge accused of sexual misconduct by 6 women," 9 Dec. 2017 That extern said Kozinski also once talked with her about a female judge stripping. Matt Zapotosky, Anchorage Daily News, "Prominent appeals court judge accused of sexual misconduct by 6 women," 9 Dec. 2017 The externs quickly learned that on the Hill, big moments are usually preceded by a million less glamorous ones. The Washington Post, The Denver Post, "Cory Gardner hosts Seahawks lineman for three-week “externship” on Capitol Hill," 2 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of extern


1530, in the meaning defined above


1823, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for extern


Middle French or Latin; Middle French externe, from Latin externus

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The first known use of extern was in 1530

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variants: also externe \ ˈek-​ˌstərn \

Medical Definition of extern

: a nonresident doctor or medical student at a hospital

Other Words from extern

externship \ -​ˌship \ noun

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