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adverb \ˈel(t)s\

Definition of else

  1. 1a :  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>

  2. 2 :  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 in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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


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Definition of else

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

Examples of else in a sentence

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

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of else

before 12th century



ELSE Defined for English Language Learners

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adverb \ˈel(t)s\

Definition of else for English Language Learners

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


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Definition of else for English Language Learners

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


ELSE Defined for Kids

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adverb \ˈels\

Definition of else for Students

  1. 1 :  in a different way or place or at a different time <How else could it be done?>

  2. 2 :  if the facts are or were different :  if not <Hurry or else you'll be late.>


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adjective

Definition of else for Students

  1. 1 :  being other and different <Ask someone else.>

  2. 2 :  being in addition <What else can I bring?>



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