Definitions for etceteraɛtˈsɛt ər ə, -ˈsɛ trə

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

et cet•er•a*ɛt ˈsɛt ər ə, ˈsɛ trə(adv.)

  1. and others; and so forth; and so on (used to indicate that more of the same sort or class have been omitted for brevity).

    Category: Foreign Term, Usage Note

    Ref: Abbr.: etc.

* Usage: et cetera appears in English writing mostly in its abbreviated form, etc . The expression and et cetera is redundant.

Origin of et cetera:

1100–50; late OE < L

et•cet•er•aɛtˈsɛt ər ə, -ˈsɛ trə(n.)(pl.)-er•as.

  1. a number of other things or persons unspecified.

  2. etceteras, extras or sundries.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. etcetera(adverb)

    additional unspecified odds and ends; more of the same

    "his report was full of etceteras"

  2. and so forth, and so on, etcetera, etc.(adverb)

    continuing in the same way


  1. etcetera(Noun)

    And the others, and the rest.

  2. etcetera(Noun)

    and so on.

  3. etcetera(Noun)

    Someone or something extra or superfluous.

  4. Origin: phrase et cetera


  1. Etcetera

    Etcetera is a fictional character in Cats, the musical play based primarily on T.S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats. Primarily a dancer, she is one of the chorus line kittens in the tribe of the Jellicle cats.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'etcetera' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1590

Translations for etcetera

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

et cetera

a Latin phrase meaning `and the rest', `and so on'

The refugees need food, clothes, blankets etc.

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