from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- And other unspecified things of the same class; and so forth.
- n. A number of unspecified persons or things.
- n. Additional odds and ends; extras.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- And the rest, and the others; to complete a list.
- And so forth; to indicate missing information, often well known.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- Others of the like kind; and the rest; and so on; -- used to point out that other things which could be mentioned are to be understood. Usually abbreviated into etc. or &c. (&c.)
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. And others; and so forth; and so on: generally used when a number of individuals of a class have been specified, to indicate that more of the same sort might have been mentioned, but for shortness are omitted: as, stimulants comprise brandy, rum, whisky, wine, beer, etcetera.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. additional unspecified odds and ends; more of the same
- adv. continuing in the same way
Latin : et, and + cētera, the rest, neuter pl. of cēterus; see ko- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin et cētera ("and the rest" or "and so forth") (Wiktionary)