exergue

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from French exergue.

NounEdit

exergue (plural exergues)

  1. (numismatics) A space beneath the main design on a coin or medal for the insertion of the date or other minor inscription.
    • 1839, Edgar Allan Poe, ‘William Wilson’:
      In childhood I must have felt with the energy of a man what I now find stamped upon memory in lines as vivid, as deep, and as durable as the exergues of the Carthaginian medals.

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin exergum, from Ancient Greek ἐξ (ex, from, out of) + ἔργον (érgon, work).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ɛɡ.zɛʁɡ/
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NounEdit

exergue m (plural exergues)

  1. (numismatics) exergue (space beneath the main design on a coin or medal for an inscription)
  2. (by extension) inscription
  3. epigraph

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