From Latin eximius (“set apart, select”), from eximō (“take out or away; deliver, free”), from ex (“out of, from”) + emō (“buy; acquire, take”).
eximious (comparative more eximious, superlative most eximious)
- (archaic) Pre-eminent, outstanding.
- 1850, "The Hercules Cheap Paletot", Punch, v. 18, p. 38:
- You've read the death of Hercules,
- In classic tale related;
- But there the facts of his decease
- Erroneously are stated:
- Each schoolboy will at large recite
- Fast as his Alphabeta,
- How that eximious man of might
- Departed on Mount Eta.
- 2002 A.S. Byatt, A Whistling Woman, Vintage International 2004, p.115:
- Eximious is a delicious word, meaning, outstanding.
- “eximious” in Noah Webster, An American Dictionary of the English Language, volume I (A–I), 1st edition, New York, N.Y.: Published by S. Converse; printed by Hezekiah Howe, New Haven, 1828, OCLC 999480247.
- eximious in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- “eximious” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–present.