oth·​er | \ ˈə-t͟hər How to pronounce other (audio) \

Definition of other

 (Entry 1 of 5)

1a : being the one (as of two or more) remaining or not included held on with one hand and waved with the other one
b : being the one or ones distinct from that or those first mentioned or implied taller than the other boys
c : second every other day
2 : not the same : different any other color would have been better something other than it seems to be
3 : additional sold in the U.S. and 14 other countries
4a : recently past the other evening
b : former in other times
5 : disturbingly or threateningly different : alien, exotic



Definition of other (Entry 2 of 5)

1 : a different or additional one the others came later
2a : one that remains of two or more
b : a thing opposite to or excluded by something else went from one side to the other nature as the other of culture
3a : one (such as another person) that is psychologically differentiated from the self
b often capitalized : one considered by members of a dominant group as alien, exotic, threatening, or inferior (as because of different racial, sexual, or cultural characteristics)


pronoun, sometimes plural in construction

Definition of other (Entry 3 of 5)

1 : a different or additional one something or other
2 obsolete
a : one of two that remains
b : each preceding one



Definition of other (Entry 4 of 5)

: otherwise used with thanwas unable to see them other than by going to their home


othered; othering

Definition of other (Entry 5 of 5)

transitive verb

: to treat or consider (a person or a group of people) as alien to oneself or one's group (as because of different racial, sexual, or cultural characteristics) … we trace how in small rural communities these processes of othering the poor are racialized— Victoria Lawson et al. You go in and don't have to go some dark, scary corner for the plus-size section. It can make you feel like you're not being othered and dehumanized.— Amanda Levitt

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Other Words from other


othering \ ˈət͟h-​riŋ How to pronounce othering (audio) , ˈə-​t͟hə-​ \ noun
I am a black writer struggling with and through a language that can powerfully evoke and enforce hidden signs of racial superiority, cultural hegemony, and dismissive "othering" of people … — Toni Morrison

Is other a verb?

Like many English words, other possesses great flexibility in meaning and function. Over the past few centuries, it has served as an adjective, an adverb, a noun, and a pronoun. In recent decades, other has increased its part-of-speech portfolio to include verb use, having acquired the meaning "to treat or consider (a person or a group of people) as alien to oneself or one's group (as because of different racial, sexual, or cultural characteristics).” Some people find it disconcerting when a word takes on a new part of speech, a process known as functional shift. The phenomenon is quite common, however -- our language contains many thousands of words which have been formed in this fashion.

Examples of other in a Sentence

Adjective These and other issues will be discussed at the next meeting. The driver's wife and two other passengers were injured in the accident. Leaders from China, Russia, and 14 other countries attended the conference.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Principals Stephanie Nutter at Atkinson Academy and Stephanie White at King Elementary will take voluntary reassignments to other administrative spots in the district, JCPS said Tuesday. Mandy Mclaren, The Courier-Journal, "2 JCPS principals to switch jobs after state said they were unfit to improve their schools," 1 July 2020 Bluetooth and other hands-free devices are allowed. Ethan May, The Indianapolis Star, "Holding your phone while driving will be forbidden starting July 1: What you should know," 1 July 2020 Phillips' response comes after Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane and several other city and state officials issued statements last week condemning Phillips' comments. Lorraine Longhi, The Arizona Republic, "Scottsdale Councilman Guy Phillips says he won't resign following backlash to 'I can't breathe' comments," 1 July 2020 Each child will also be given a drawstring bag with other activities, such as coloring books, crayons and kites. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'We wanted kids to be able to play this summer:' Milwaukee playgrounds will have socially distant activities at free meal sites," 1 July 2020 Beyond our own reporting, Noted is designed to help new audiences discover other amazing work published every day across The Wall Street Journal. Dory Carr-harris, WSJ, "Welcome to WSJ Noted.," 1 July 2020 Miller said under Plan B, junior and high school students would have attended every other day and followed daily block schedules. The Enquirer, "Lakota Local School District unveils plan for fall classes," 1 July 2020 But employees at Adidas and other companies like Amazon accused them of hypocrisy, saying their own workforces lacked diversity. Washington Post, "Adidas HR head resigns as company addresses diversity issues," 1 July 2020 Heyman, of the University of Texas at El Paso, says there's one thing that's important to remember about coronavirus -- and other issues -- along the vast US-Mexico border. Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN, "People with coronavirus are crossing the US-Mexico border for medical care," 29 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun While many were shopping to prepare to be inside for several weeks, others were out on their normal shopping trip. Ricardo Torres, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'We don't have a choice': Shoppers prepare to be at home for weeks," 14 Mar. 2020 Also, avoid touching your face and avoid close contact with people who are sick; distance yourself from others if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "Elon Musk Downplays COVID-19 Danger in Email to Space-X Employees," 14 Mar. 2020 Similarly, some viruses have an outer wrapping, which is called an envelope, while others are non-enveloped. Jeffrey Gardner, The Conversation, "Vodka won’t protect you from coronavirus, and 4 other things to know about hand sanitizer," 13 Mar. 2020 Of the three people who died, one was associated with the Diamond Princess cruise ship that had been quarantined in Japan, and the two others were residents of a senior care facility. NBC News, "Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson test positive for coronavirus," 12 Mar. 2020 Many donors are downsizing; others are on a Marie Kondo-like purge. Nancy Shohet West, BostonGlobe.com, "Welcome Home finds new homes for household donations," 12 Mar. 2020 As women began entering medical schools in larger numbers during the 1970s, some specialties were welcoming to women, others weren’t. Sarah Temkin, STAT, "When surgery becomes ‘women’s work’: the devaluation of gynecologic specialties," 12 Mar. 2020 The others are Missouri, Mississippi, Washington state, Idaho and North Dakota. Fox News, "Trump not tested for coronavirus, new chief of staff to self-quarantine; Michigan key in 'Super Tuesday 2.0'," 10 Mar. 2020 The others are Joel Bitonio, a second-round pick in 2014, and longsnapper Charley Hughlett, signed as a free agent in 2014. cleveland, "Browns release veteran linebacker Christian Kirksey after trying to restructure his deal," 10 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Thankfully, other more tasteful colors are available. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, "2020 Aston Martin DB11 AMR Answers to a Higher Power," 20 May 2020 That economic frailty has damaged other important sources of investor income as well. Jeff Sommer, New York Times, "Dealing With the Dark Side of Low Interest Rates," 15 May 2020 Cases of people in both categories should be reported as likely Covid-19 only if there is no other more plausible diagnosis, the recommendations say. Pam Belluck, New York Times, "its list of possible symptoms of the coronavirus,," 27 Apr. 2020 With the civil rights era, other more egregious wrongs in the American electoral system were gradually rectified, and so even more attention focused on the census itself. Anna Diamond, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Enumerated Story of the Census," 13 Apr. 2020 Also, if that camera isn’t your cup of tea, there are several other more expensive, fancier Instax camera options as well as less expensive options you can get used, or factory renewed, for much cheaper. oregonlive, "6 gadgets, video games, TV streaming services to help combat social distancing boredom amid coronavirus outbreak," 20 Mar. 2020 Beyond other more established Counter Strike events, the new league will also have to bang it out with another esports league that features a realistic, first-person shooter video game. Noah Smith, Washington Post, "Can new Counter-Strike league be esports’ WWE?," 7 Feb. 2020 In addition to Zwickelmania, the collaboration and the showcase, other more prominent events include: KLCC Brewfest, Feb. 7-8 in Eugene The showcase starting Friday will be held daily from 2 p.m. to closing at Function PDX, 919 N.W. 23rd Ave. oregonlive, "It’s Oregon Craft Beer Month; Function PDX pop-up gets celebration started," 31 Jan. 2020 When compared to the state’s other nine largest districts, MPS total spending is the second-highest. Rob Henken, Anne Chapman And Jason Stein, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "MPS is proposing to raise taxes to fund educational programs. Here's what to know before you vote April 7.," 16 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of other


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


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Pronoun, sometimes plural in construction

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a


13th century, in the meaning defined above


1985, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for other

Adjective, Noun, Pronoun, sometimes plural in construction, and Adverb

Middle English, from Old English ōther; akin to Old High German andar other, Sanskrit antara

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

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Last Updated

3 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Other.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/other. Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce other (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of other

 (Entry 1 of 2)

used to refer to all the members of a group except the person or thing that has already been mentioned
: in addition to the person or thing that has already been mentioned
: different or separate from the person or thing that has already been mentioned



English Language Learners Definition of other (Entry 2 of 2)

: a different or additional person or thing
: different or additional people or things
: the person or thing that remains or that has not been shown or mentioned yet


oth·​er | \ ˈə-t͟hər How to pronounce other (audio) \

Kids Definition of other

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : being the one (as of two or more) left I broke my other arm.
2 : second entry 1 sense 1 Every other page contains an illustration.
3 : extra entry 1, additional Some other guests are coming.
4 : different or separate from those already mentioned Some people believe it and other people don't.



Kids Definition of other (Entry 2 of 3)

: a remaining or different one Lift one foot and then the other. The others will follow us later.



Kids Definition of other (Entry 3 of 3)

: another thing There's always something or other going on.

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