an extraordinary or unusual thing, person, or event; an exceptional example or instance.
a calculus or concretion found in the stomach or intestines of certain animals, esp. ruminants, formerly reputed to be an effective remedy for poison.
a gadget; dingus; thingumbob.
a children's mummer's parade, as on the Fourth of July, with prizes for the best costumes.
a printed punctuation mark (‽), available only in some typefaces, designed to combine the question mark (?) and the exclamation point (!), indicating a mixture of query and interjection, as after a rhetorical question.
late 15c., "to leave without shelter or defense," from M.Fr. exposer "lay open, set forth," from L. exponere "set forth" (see expound), altered by confusion with poser "to place, lay down" (see pose). Related: Exposed; exposes; exposing.
also exposé, "display of discreditable information," 1803, initially as a French word; pp. of Fr. exposer (see expose (v.)). Earliest use was in reference to Napoleon.