Definition of et cetera in English:
- The local scout troop is looking for donations of bric-a-brac, toys, books, videos, unwanted gifts, etcetera.
- It's undeniable that they are very suspicious of the European programme of international courts, laws, treaties, etcetera.
- There are some classes where the teacher sets up an e-group, and you have to join it because that's where he gives out assignments and announcements, etcetera.
- Franklin was immediately accosted by our classmates, male and female alike, and interrogated as to WHY he asked me to the prom, what did this MEAN, was he IN LOVE with me, etcetera, etcetera.
- The general opinion in these cases was that the people involved were sick, depraved losers who got what they deserved, were a menace to society etcetera, etcetera.
- But what it does say is, we can no longer say to children that, we think you're doing pretty well considering the background you come from, the poverty you live in, the lack of a family, etcetera, etcetera.
Latin, from et 'and' and cetera 'the rest' (neuter plural of ceterus 'left over').
Et cetera (a Latin phrase meaning ‘and the other things, the rest’) is sometimes mispronounced ‘ ex cetera,’ and its abbreviation, properly etc., is often misspelled ‘ect.’ The phrase ‘and et cetera’ is redundant, for et means ‘and’ in Latin. This abbreviation should be used for things, not for people. Et al. (an abbreviation of et alii, ‘and other people, and others’) is properly used for others (people) too numerous to mention, as in a list of multiple authors: Bancroft, Fordwick, et al. In general, both terms (and their abbreviations) are common enough that it is not necessary to italicize or underline them.