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.