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[eks] /ɛks/

adjective, Slang.
(def 1).
(finance) not participating in; excluding; without: ex bonus, ex dividend, ex rights
(commerce) without charge to the buyer until removed from: ex quay, ex ship, ex works
(informal) (a person’s) former wife, husband, etc
(Canadian) short for examination

1827, originally short for ex-Catholic; ultimately from Latin ex (see ex-). Since 1929 as abbreviation for ex-wife, ex-husband, etc. Also used in some commercial senses for “from, out of.”


A former wife or husband, girlfriend or boyfriend, etc: He introduced his ex rather casually, considering they were together 27 years (1929+)


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