with the exclusion of; excluding; save; but:They were all there except me.
Idiomsexcept for, if it were not for:She would travel more except for lack of money.
only; with the exception (usually fol. by that):parallel cases except that one is younger than the other.
otherwise than; but (fol. by an adv., phrase, or clause):well fortified except here.
Latin exceptus (past participle of excipere to take out), equivalent. to ex-ex-1 + -ceptus (combining form of captus, past participle of capere to take)
Middle English: origin, originally, past participle adjective, adjectival 1350–1400
1.See corresponding entry in UnabridgedExcept (more rarely excepting), but,save point out something excluded from a general statement. Except emphasizes the excluding:Take any number except 12.But merely states the exclusion:We ate all but one.Save is now mainly found in poetic use:nothing in sight save sky and sea.
ex•cept2(ik sept′),USA pronunciationv.t.
to exclude; leave out:present company excepted.
to object (usually fol. by to or against):to except to a statement; to except against a witness.
Latin exceptāre, derivative of exceptus (see except1)