either-or

noun
ei·​ther-or | \ ˌē-t͟hər-ˈȯr also ˌī- How to pronounce either-or (audio) \

Definition of either-or

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an unavoidable choice or exclusive division between only two alternatives

either-or

adjective

Definition of either-or (Entry 2 of 2)

: of or marked by either-or : black-and-white

First Known Use of either-or

Noun

1922, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1926, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about either-or

Dictionary Entries near either-or

eiswein

eith

either

either-or

either way

ejaculate

ejaculation

Statistics for either-or

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for either-or

The first known use of either-or was in 1922

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on either-or

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with either-or

Comments on either-or

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

WORD OF THE DAY

to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Finance Words Quiz

  • a-piggy-bank
  • The etymology of mortgage is related most closely to which two words?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

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