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[ek-see-at] /ˈɛk siˌæt/
permission granted by a bishop to a priest to leave the diocese.
British. official permission for a student to be absent from a college or university.
Origin of exeat
1475-85; noun use of Latin exeat let (him) go out, 3rd person singular present subjunctive of exīre to go out Unabridged
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  • He added, with a return of the grim humour of a don, that he supposed that as a sovereign prince I need scarcely “take an exeat.”

    The Fall of Prince Florestan of Monaco Charles Wentworth Dilke
  • "You'll very likely get an exeat the week after," consoled Violet.

  • Doe was out in the world with Freedham, probably without an "exeat," and certainly without a hat.

    Tell England Ernest Raymond
  • But he didn't enjoy his exeat, because he knew that Cæsar was in trouble.

    The Hill Horace Annesley Vachell
  • What part it had to play in the History of Civilisation is played plaudite; exeat!

    The French Revolution Thomas Carlyle
  • Arthur cut, armed with an exeat, and made the momentous purchase.

    The Master of the Shell Talbot Baines Reed
  • No girl might go without showing an exeat signed by the Principal.

    For the School Colours Angela Brazil
  • I've got an exeat and I didn't expect it, and I'm going off my head a little.

  • "Just so," said Mr. Mackintosh, drawing the exeat book—resembling the butt of a check-book—towards him.

    None Other Gods Robert Hugh Benson
  • It's your exeat on Wednesday, and you might borrow your brother's.

    A Patriotic Schoolgirl Angela Brazil
British Dictionary definitions for exeat


noun (Brit)
leave of absence from school or some other institution
a bishop's permission for a priest to leave his diocese in order to take up an appointment elsewhere
Word Origin
C18: Latin, literally: he may go out, from exīre
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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