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an·​oth·​er ə-ˈnə-t͟hər How to pronounce another (audio)
 also  a-,
 or  ā-
: different or distinct from the one first considered
the same scene viewed from another angle
: some other
do it another time
: being one more in addition to one or more of the same kind
have another piece of pie


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: an additional one of the same kind : one more
one copy to send out, another for the files
: one that is different from the first or present one
Complaining about problems is one thing, but finding solutions to them is another.
: one of a group of unspecified or indefinite things
in one way or another

Frequently Asked Questions

What does a whole nother mean?

Whole nother (also found as whole 'nother) carries the same meaning as whole other. These two words have been commonly used together since the 19th century, and nother has been used to mean "other" or "additional" since the 14th century.

Is nother a word?

Yes. Nother has been in use in English for approximately 700 years. We provide an entry for it because it has met all our criteria for inclusion (breadth of use, specificity of meaning, numerous appearances in published writing, etc.). Please note that a word failing to appear in a dictionary (ours or anyone else’s) does not mean that it is not a word.

Is nother a valid Scrabble word?

"Yes! Nother is playable in Scrabble. It is an adjective, meaning "different." Please note that nothers and notherest are not valid Scrabble words, and if you are challenged when playing them you will lose your turn.

Examples of another in a Sentence

Adjective Should we open another bottle of wine? That's another way of saying the same thing. We had dinner at another one of the city's many Italian restaurants. This is yet another example of government waste. We'll discuss this again on another occasion. The view is very different when it is seen from another angle. Please bring me another cup. This one is chipped. The city advertises itself as another Las Vegas. Pronoun I've had one drink, but I think I'll have another. One copy of the letter was sent out, and another was placed in the files. This cup is chipped. Could you please bring me another? We had dinner at another of the city's many Italian restaurants. The family seems to move from one city to another.
Recent Examples on the Web
Chief Randal Taylor, in an another car behind Adams, aided the pursuit, the police said. Justin L. MacK, Indianapolis Star, 7 May 2020 This desire to preserve tradition, however, is likely to be met with a growing desire to preserve an another value: openness. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, 22 Mar. 2020 As the Gophers kept winning in a historic season, stakes surrounding their season-ending rivalry game with Wisconsin kept ratcheting up — outgrowing even the another annual Battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, 30 Nov. 2019 The bones are from two sites, one about 200 years old and another about 100 years old, left by ancestors of today's Kenai Peninsula-area Sugpiaq people. Yereth Rosen, Anchorage Daily News, 4 Aug. 2017 Upstairs on the roof is an another buzzworthy amenity: An under-construction roof deck, built atop a combination of steel and lightweight foam. Blair Kamin,, 17 Oct. 2019 Bradley was not so successful in an another foray into international flights. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, 2 July 2018 By abandoning agreements America had made, Trump may have also inadvertently cleared an another path forward for his North Korean counterpart. Brett Bruen, Time, 12 June 2018 Products from their stores in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin purchased between Sept. 27 through Oct. 20, are also affected, according to an another FDA release. Thomas Novelly, The Courier-Journal, 23 Oct. 2017

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'another.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History



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First Known Use


12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of another was in the 12th century

Dictionary Entries Near another

Cite this Entry

“Another.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 adjective
an·​oth·​er ə-ˈnət͟h-ər How to pronounce another (audio)
: different or distinct from the first one considered
viewed from another angle
: some other
at another time
choose another book
: one more in addition
have another piece of toast


2 of 2 pronoun
: one more of the same kind
I've had one piece, but I think I'll have another
: one that is different : someone or something else
living in another's house
: one of a group that is not specified
at one time or another

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