either

adjective
ei·​ther | \ ˈē-t͟hər How to pronounce either (audio) also ˈī- How to pronounce either (audio) \

Definition of either

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : being the one and the other of two : each flowers blooming on either side of the walk plays either instrument well
2 : being the one or the other of two take either road

either

pronoun

Definition of either (Entry 2 of 4)

: the one or the other take either of the two routes

either

conjunction

Definition of either (Entry 3 of 4)

used as a function word before two or more coordinate words, phrases, or clauses joined usually by or to indicate that what immediately follows is the first of two or more alternatives can be used either as a guest room or as an office

either

adverb

Definition of either (Entry 4 of 4)

1 : likewise, moreover used for emphasis after a negative not smart or handsome either
2 : for that matter used for emphasis after an alternative following a question or conditional clause especially where negation is implied who answers for the Irish parliament? or army either?— Robert Browning

Examples of either in a Sentence

Adjective French and English are closer to each other than either language is to Chinese. You may take either road. You may choose either answer. Either way is all right with me. Pronoun I haven't written to either of my parents. Adverb you won't convince them, and, in fact, I don't agree either! See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective But some judges criticized the either-jail-or-probation sentencing aspect of the parading charge. Rachel Weiner, Tom Jackman And Spencer S. Hsu, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Jan. 2022 But some judges criticized the either-jail-or-probation sentencing aspect of the parading charge. Rachel Weiner, Tom Jackman And Spencer S. Hsu, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Jan. 2022 But some judges criticized the either-jail-or-probation sentencing aspect of the parading charge. Rachel Weiner, Tom Jackman And Spencer S. Hsu, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Jan. 2022 But some judges criticized the either-jail-or-probation sentencing aspect of the parading charge. Rachel Weiner, Tom Jackman And Spencer S. Hsu, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Jan. 2022 But some judges criticized the either-jail-or-probation sentencing aspect of the parading charge. Rachel Weiner, Tom Jackman And Spencer S. Hsu, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Jan. 2022 But some judges criticized the either-jail-or-probation sentencing aspect of the parading charge. Rachel Weiner, Tom Jackman And Spencer S. Hsu, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Jan. 2022 But some judges criticized the either-jail-or-probation sentencing aspect of the parading charge. Rachel Weiner, Tom Jackman And Spencer S. Hsu, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Jan. 2022 But some judges criticized the either-jail-or-probation sentencing aspect of the parading charge. Rachel Weiner, Tom Jackman And Spencer S. Hsu, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Conjunction But scientists and doctors say things aren’t that simple — and a belief that exposing children to marijuana, either directly or indirectly, is harmless isn’t supported by the facts. Daniel M. Jimenez, The Cannifornian, 22 June 2017 Consumers face two possible outcomes — insurers will either leave the marketplace or be forced to raise their rates. Bloomberg News, The Denver Post, 5 May 2017 Either the gravitational influence from a passing star or group of stars, or the shock waves from an old exploding star in the distance, stirs up the nebula. Mike Lynch / Sky Watch, Twin Cities, 11 Mar. 2017 Now either the president is flip-flopping or his staff is, once again, speaking out of turn. Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist, 23 Feb. 2017 The tests use either a cheek swab or saliva and return autosomal DNA reports, sampling at more than 700,000 locations along a genome. Katharine Gammon, Orange County Register, 30 Jan. 2017 The quarterbacks are the storyline for the 1:35 p.m. kickoff, but not in the way either team would’ve liked. Jimmy Durkin, The Mercury News, 3 Jan. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The museum isn’t big and, having opened in 1970, isn’t old, either. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 24 Sep. 2022 Kiffin landed a Top 10 national recruiting class, and his team wasn’t bad on the field either, going 7-6 with three losses by four or fewer points (including a memorable 12-10 defeat to eventual national champion Alabama). Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, 23 Sep. 2022 To be fair, Google’s Pixel 7 models will not be significant upgrades over their predecessors either. Chris Smith, BGR, 23 Sep. 2022 Wednesday’s warning for investors wasn’t the first from Ichan this year, either. Will Daniel, Fortune, 22 Sep. 2022 Behind the starters, Xavier's not without depth either. The Enquirer, 22 Sep. 2022 Turning a building into a homeless shelter is not a simple process, either. Andy Newman, BostonGlobe.com, 22 Sep. 2022 The Democratic politicians running the recipient cities are no fans either. Karl Rove, WSJ, 21 Sep. 2022 And there won’t be a shortage of costumes or candy either, according to the Halloween & Costume Association. Kari Barnett, Sun Sentinel, 21 Sep. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of either

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Pronoun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Conjunction

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Adverb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for either

Adjective

Middle English, from Old English ǣghwæther both, each, from ā always + ge-, collective prefix + hwæther which of two, whether — more at aye, co-

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Time Traveler for either

Time Traveler

The first known use of either was before the 12th century

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“Either.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/either. Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for either

either

adjective
ei·​ther | \ ˈē-t͟hər How to pronounce either (audio) , ˈī- \

Kids Definition of either

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : each entry 1 There are flowers on either side of the road.
2 : being one or the other You can take either road.

either

pronoun

Kids Definition of either (Entry 2 of 4)

: the one or the other She hadn't told either of her parents.

either

conjunction

Kids Definition of either (Entry 3 of 4)

used before words or phrases the last of which follows "or" to show that they are choices or possibilities You can either go or stay.

either

adverb

Kids Definition of either (Entry 4 of 4)

: also used after a negative statement The car is reliable and not expensive either.

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