Definition of exile noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈeksaɪl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈeksaɪl//
    ; BrE BrE//ˈeɡzaɪl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈeɡzaɪl//
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  1. 1[uncountable, singular] the state of being sent to live in another country that is not your own, especially for political reasons or as a punishment to be/live in exile to be forced/sent into exile to go into exile a place of exile He returned after 40 years of exile. See related entries: Types of punishment
  2. 2[countable] a person who chooses, or is forced to live away from his or her own country political exiles a tax exile (= a rich person who moves to another country where taxes are lower)
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: the noun partly from Old French exil ‘banishment’ and partly from Old French exile ‘banished person’; the verb from Old French exiler; all based on Latin exilium ‘banishment’, from exul ‘banished person’.Extra examples Dante died in exile from Florence. He still hopes to return from exile one day. He went into exile after the overthrow of the government. Many spent decades in labour camps or in internal exile. She had spent 40 years in exile. They are in tax exile from the UK. They joined the many other Armenians living in exile. a political exile living in London his exile to America the story of the emperor’s return from exile a tax exile to be/​live in exile to go/​be forced/​be sent into exile
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