Definition of et cetera in English:

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et cetera

Pronunciation: /et ˈsedərə/
(also etcetera)


1Used at the end of a list to indicate that further, similar items are included: we’re trying to resolve problems of obtaining equipment, drugs, et cetera
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  • 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.
and so on, and so forth, and the rest, and/or the like, and suchlike, among others, et al., etc.
informal and what have you, and whatnot, and on and on, yadda yadda yadda
1.1Indicating that a list is too tedious or clichéd to give in full: we’ve all got to do our duty, pull our weight, et cetera, et cetera
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  • 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.


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.


Latin, from et 'and' and cetera 'the rest' (neuter plural of ceterus 'left over').

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Syllabification: et cet·er·a

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