adverb or adjective
al·​right | \ (ˌ)ȯl-ˈrīt How to pronounce alright (audio) , ˈȯl-ˌrīt \

Definition of alright

: all right If people stay strong and keep pushing we'll be alright.— Keith Ellison Alright, I give in.— Sallie Tisdale Alright already, get in the squad car and solve the darn crime.— Ken Tucker It's cheap, alright.— Chris Hodenfield

all right or alright?: Usage Guide

Although the spelling alright is nearly as old as all right, some critics have insisted alright is all wrong. Nevertheless it has its defenders and its users, who perhaps have been influenced by analogy with altogether and already. It is less frequent than all right but remains common especially in informal writing. It is quite common in fictional dialogue and is sometimes found in more formal writing. the first two years of medical school were alright — Gertrude Stein

Examples of alright in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a 7-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels, the kids looked alright. Evan Grant, Dallas News, 21 Sep. 2020 Sanders appears to be quite alright waiting three to five business days for his deliveries, thank you very much. TheWeek, 13 Jan. 2020 There’s also the unquantifiable: not only are the kids alright—they’re helping humanity save it from itself. Wired, 8 Nov. 2019 Position: Attacking Midfielder FIFA 19 Rating: 73 FIFA 20 Predicted Rating: 72 The German has been alright, but hasn't exactly set the world alight., 13 July 2019 Kansas looked alright in its survival win over Seton Hall on Saturday. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, 18 Mar. 2018 Irving and the Cavs actually went through with it, and 25-year-old is doing alright now. Alysha Tsuji, For The Win, 2 Feb. 2018 On difficult days, her brother and sister could count on Jeffny's support… and usually a sandwich, with a promise that everything would be alright., 15 Sep. 2017 And for a brief sliver of time, the world was alright. Kat Bein, Billboard, 17 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of alright

1865, in the meaning defined above

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“Alright.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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