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


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Latin : et, and + cētera, the rest, neuter pl. of cēterus; see ko- in Indo-European roots.

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From Latin et cētera ("and the rest" or "and so forth")


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  • Dear qroqqa,

    I adore you, I like all your comments, and I think you're awesome, et cetera.

    Yours truly,


    June 6, 2011

  • Well, as 'aut cetera' is neither English nor Latin for the idea conveyed by the English 'et cetera' and the Latin 'et cetera', the claim 'ought' is unjustifiable. You ought to write good English or good Latin.

    'Et cetera' attaches (and 'et cetera' attached) to a list: it conveys that the list is incomplete, and that there are to be understood the remaining items, the rest of that kind, other things of like kind, etc. There are further items on the list. That is an "and", not an "or", regardless of the purpose you intend to put the list to: giving someone a choice from it, for example.

    November 11, 2008

  • Aut cetera really ought to be used for lists of alternatives, not et cetera.

    November 11, 2008

  • See this map for American pronunciation.

    April 11, 2008

  • Latin for "and so on," or "and other things." Used to indicate the continuation of a sequence of related items. Frequently abbreviated as etc.

    May 22, 2007