1350-1400;Middle English: orig., past participle adj. < Latinexceptus (past participle of excipere to take out), equivalent to ex-ex-1 + -ceptus (combining form of captus, past participle of capere to take)
1. Except (more rarely excepting ), but, save point out something excluded from a general statement. Except emphasizes the excluding: Take any number except 12. But merely states the exclusion: We ate all but one. Save is now mainly found in poetic use: nothing in sight save sky and sea.
verb (used with object)
to exclude; leave out:
present company excepted.
verb (used without object)
to object (usually followed by to or against):
to except to a statement; to except against a witness.
1350-1400;Middle Englishexcepten < Middle Frenchexcepter < Latinexceptāre, derivative of exceptus (see except1)