adverb \ˈel(t)s\

: in a different or additional manner or place : at a different or additional time

Full Definition of ELSE

a :  in a different manner or place or at a different time <how else could he have acted> <here and nowhere else>
b :  in an additional manner or place or at an additional time <where else is gold found>
:  if not :  otherwise <leave or else you'll be sorry> —used absolutely to express a threat <do what I tell you or else>

Examples of ELSE

  1. We decided to go someplace else for dinner.
  2. <if you could do it over again, how else would you have done it?>

Origin of ELSE

Middle English elles, from Old English; akin to Latin alius other, alter other of two, Greek allos other
First Known Use: before 12th century

Related to ELSE



—used to refer to a different or additional person or thing

Full Definition of ELSE

:  other:
a :  being different in identity <it must have been somebody else>
b :  being in addition <what else did he say?>

Examples of ELSE

  1. <is there anything else you would like to add to your list?>

First Known Use of ELSE

before 12th century


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