Definition of exergue in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ɪkˈsəːɡ/
Pronunciation: /ɛkˈsəːɡ/
Pronunciation: /ˈɛksəːɡ/


A small space or inscription below the principal emblem on a coin or medal, usually on the reverse side.


Late 17th century: from French, from medieval Latin exergum, from ex- 'out' + Greek ergon 'work' (probably as a rendering of French hors d'oeuvre 'something lying outside the work').

Words that rhyme with exergue

Berg, burg, erg

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: ex|ergue

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.