et·​cet·​era | \ et-ˈse-tə-rə , -ˈse-trə also it-, nonstandard ek-, nonstandard ik- \

Definition of etcetera

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a number of unspecified additional persons or things
2 etceteras plural : unspecified additional items : odds and ends

et cetera

Latin phrase
et cet·​era | \ et-ˈse-tə-rə , -ˈse-trə also it-, nonstandard ek-, nonstandard ik- \

Definition of et cetera (Entry 2 of 2)

: and others especially of the same kind : and so forth abbreviation etc.

Examples of etcetera in a Sentence

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Partially shaded area outside with at least two different ground covers (dirt, grass, rocks, concrete, etcetera) Preparation Find the line on the ground where an area in the sun meets an area in the shade. Science Buddies, Scientific American, "Warm in the Sun," 12 July 2018 If yes, try to make even more dilutions (for example, adding one drop to 10 cups of water, etcetera) and test if your nose is still able to pick up the odorants in these samples. Svenja Lohner, Scientific American, "Play a Memory Game with Your Nose!," 7 June 2018 The Buhl Bar menu is heavy on the classics: The Old Fashioned, Whiskey Sour, Manhattan, martini, etcetera. Robert Allen, Detroit Free Press, "Who really invented the Detroit Hummer?," 10 May 2018 There are events on parenting, cooking, diamonds, etcetera. Fortune, "8 Executives Reveal How They Woo Clients," 27 Feb. 2018 The brave poetic writer, etcetera, a lifetime of screw-ups, moments of beauty and transcendence. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Publishing the Best of the Desert: An Interview With Ken Layne," 25 Apr. 2018 But our great-great-great-etcetera grandparents had a skull that could hardly hold onto a hat, with a thick, protruding brow. Brian Resnick, Vox, "The intriguing new science explaining our expressive eyebrows," 9 Apr. 2018 Obviously teams have beat him, greater teams from the standpoint of what Golden State has been able to do, etcetera, San Antonio at a certain time. Ira Winderman,, "Dwyane Wade locked into playoffs, not locked into LeBron," 6 Apr. 2018 There are events on parenting, cooking, diamonds, etcetera. Fortune, "8 Executives Reveal How They Woo Clients," 27 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of etcetera


1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Latin phrase

12th century, in the meaning defined above

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et cet·​era | \ et-ˈse-tə-rə , -ˈse-trə\

Kids Definition of et cetera

: and others of the same kind : and so forth : and so on

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