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

Keep scrolling for more

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, "Rangers carried by rookies as Kyle Cody, Sam Huff achieve MLB milestones in win over Angels," 21 Sep. 2020 Sanders appears to be quite alright waiting three to five business days for his deliveries, thank you very much. TheWeek, "Bernie Sanders has zero apps on his phone," 13 Jan. 2020 There’s also the unquantifiable: not only are the kids alright—they’re helping humanity save it from itself. Wired, "The Kids Suing to Save the World from Climate Change," 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., "FIFA 20: Every New York Red Bulls Player's Predicted Ultimate Team Rating," 13 July 2019 Kansas looked alright in its survival win over Seton Hall on Saturday. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "March Madness: Five key takeaways from the NCAA tournament's first-round action Saturday," 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, "Kyrie Irving shared the best thing he has learned from Kobe Bryant," 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., "Statement of Abraham and Shiny Chemmarappally: 'Still impossible to believe that she will never return'," 15 Sep. 2017 And for a brief sliver of time, the world was alright. Kat Bein, Billboard, "10 Stranger Things We Saw at III Points 2017," 17 Oct. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'alright.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of alright

1865, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about alright

Time Traveler for alright

Time Traveler

The first known use of alright was in 1865

See more words from the same year

Statistics for alright

Cite this Entry

“Alright.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on alright

What made you want to look up alright? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

The Exceptions Quiz III

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!