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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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 One of which has to do with the relative rarity, and the other of which deals with the actual conditions the life might be under. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "A Rover Finds Life in Mars-Like Barrenness in South America," 28 Feb. 2019 Two sets of twins, really, separated at birth and raised in completely different circumstances (two of them are country gals, the other are city gals, naturally) and who convene in New York City for a really weird weekend. Marie Claire, "The 17 Best Movies on HBO Go to Watch Right Now," 28 Feb. 2019 In other words, relationships are a constant work in progress. Kimberly Dawn Neumann, Woman's Day, "How to Rekindle a Marriage, According to Experts," 27 Feb. 2019 The other is to reduce public exposure to bisphenol A, or BPA, a chemical used to coat receipts. Steve Milloy, WSJ, "Bad Science May Banish Paper Receipts," 25 Feb. 2019 Top players like Davis, who will likely get his trade request fulfilled this summer are going to be well compensated one way or the other. Tim Reynolds, The Seattle Times, "Kareem: Players like Anthony Davis have value and hold power," 20 Feb. 2019 Shutterstock While other cities were painted blue for religious or practical reasons, Juzcar, Spain, went all-blue in the summer of 2011 as a promotional campaign for the Smurfs movie. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 25 most colorful cities in the world," 19 Feb. 2019 In other words, certain things have to be true, or have to be believed, in order to sustain that worldview. Sean Illing, Vox, "How the media should respond to Trump’s lies: State of the Union edition," 5 Feb. 2019 The Blankini is divided down the middle, so one person can easily pull down their side without bothering the other. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "This Two-Person Blanket Allows You to Flip It Down Without Waking Your Partner," 11 Feb. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Focus on improvements in your house, or give aid and support to loved ones before committing to a cause that benefits others. oregonlive, "Horoscope for Jan. 19, 2020: Gemini, avoid being too pushy; Virgo, charity begins at home," 19 Jan. 2020 Salam School junior Samawia Akhter told a story about how her teachers showed her that her life could have significance and encouraged others to believe the same. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee students respond to Martin Luther King Jr.'s call to remember their significance," 19 Jan. 2020 Two others were reportedly flown by helicopter to local hospitals. Briana Rice, Cincinnati.com, "One dead in three-vehicle Butler County crash, officials say," 19 Jan. 2020 The Supreme Court also has upheld some school voucher programs and state courts have ratified others. Time, "Supreme Court to Hear Case Which Could Make It Easier to Use State Money for Religious Schools," 18 Jan. 2020 Gun control became a leading issue in the 2019 Virginia legislative elections after a city employee in Virginia Beach opened fire on his co-workers in May, killing 12 and injuring four others. Denise Lavoie, BostonGlobe.com, "Gun-rights activists gear up for show of force in Virginia," 18 Jan. 2020 West Point cadet Christopher Morgan, 22, died and 22 others were injured when their truck crashed in June. Russ Read, Washington Examiner, "Army says 20 soldiers died in training accidents over the past year," 18 Jan. 2020 Other stories were more hopeful — about those who had risked their lives to rescue others. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, "People Make New Orleans," 18 Jan. 2020 Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani was driven by a jihadist ideology to gun down three sailors and severely wound eight others before he was killed in an exchange of gunfire. Sig Christenson, ExpressNews.com, "Report: Saudis sent home include trainees at AF bases, including San Antonio," 16 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb 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 Yet Pete Buttigieg has somehow maintained his hold on fourth place in the 2020 nomination contest while other more heralded candidates have faded or folded altogether. Jonathan S. Tobin, National Review, "What’s Behind Buttigieg’s Iowa Surge?," 20 Nov. 2019 With four more sacks last week against the Giants, Jones leads the NFL with 49.5 sacks since the start of 2016 — more than Aaron Donald (43.5), Von Miller (40.5), Khalil Mack (38.5), and several other more heralded players. Michael Bennett, BostonGlobe.com, "■ Two star players have had their names bandied about all season: Bengals receiver," 27 Oct. 2019 Meanwhile, other more recent entrants like Faraday Future and Nio have had an ever rougher time. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Dyson kills its plan to challenge Tesla with an electric car," 13 Oct. 2019 Claims were filed at the High Court on Sept 27 by his legal team at Clintons LLP (who have represented at least one other alleged hacking victim in a previous trial against MGN). Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry Launches Legal Battle Against The Sun and The Mirror After Phone Hacking," 4 Oct. 2019 The entire effect serves as an insider-y glimpse into the city’s burgeoning contemporary art and design scene—and a welcome, underground alternative to the usual assortment on display at other more established galleries elsewhere in the city. Allie Tong, Vogue, "How to Escape the Ordinary In San Francisco," 25 Sep. 2019

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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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Cite this Entry

“Other.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/other. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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