Definition of other in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈəT͟Hər/

adjective& pronoun

1Used to refer to a person or thing that is different or distinct from one already mentioned or known about: [as adjective]: stick the camera on a tripod or some other means of support other people found her difficult [as pronoun]: a language unrelated to any other
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  • The second photo should be of a street sign or some other distinguishing landmark at the node.
  • We do not yet know if this is the case or if fast cells differ from slow ones in some other way.
  • Is that what has happened out here, or is there some other reason why we are different?
1.1The alternative of two: [as adjective]: the other side of the page [as pronoun]: flinging up first one arm and then the other one or the other of them is bound to be a liar
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  • The presidency has on a number of occasions played a crucial role in favouring one or other side.
  • Finally, projected costs can be massaged to make one or other option look more attractive.
  • All one could do was apply pressure on one or other party to implement better policies.
alternative, different, dissimilar, disparate, distinct, separate, contrasting
1.2Those remaining in a group; those not already mentioned: [as adjective]: they took the other three away in an ambulance [as pronoun]: Fred set off and the others followed
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  • That man then ran back to the Rover where two of the others had already gone.
  • By the time he reached the car park the others had already disappeared back into the community hall.
  • Mama and I rested when we could, especially when we stopped to let the others rest.
2Further; additional: [as adjective]: one other word of advice [as pronoun]: reporting three stories and rewriting three others
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  • She also wants to be able to leave a small sum to cover additional costs if other names come to light.
  • Evacuation may be effected from a few other places in addition to the above, of which notice will be given.
  • The appellants raised other grounds in addition to that which occasioned the reference.
more, further, additional, extra, added, supplementary
3 (the Other) [pronoun] Philosophy & Sociology That which is distinct from, different from, or opposite to something or oneself.
Example sentences
  • Thus it is in opposition to the other that psychoanalysis has conceptualised the self to emerge.


[with object]
View or treat (a person or group of people) as intrinsically different from and alien to oneself: a critique of the ways in which the elderly are othered by society



no other

archaic Nothing else: we can do no other
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  • The sense of elation at having beaten the odds and quitting while ahead gives a buzz like no other.
  • The inauguration of the first black Archbishop of York in history was like no other.
  • So anxious has he been to crack down that he has agreed a treaty like no other.

other than

[with negative or in questions] Apart from; except: he claims not to own anything other than his home
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  • I'm the only one now who can look over and see anything other than open water beside us.
  • Nor would it ever cross their minds to ask me to write about anything other than here.
  • The police never pretend their figures are based on anything other than reported crime.
2.1Differently or different from; otherwise than: there is no suggestion that we are to take this other than literally

on the other hand

see hand.

the other day (or night, week, etc.)

A few days (or nights, weeks, etc.) ago.
Example sentences
  • I came across this article the other week and checked out the night sky every so often since.
  • I picked up a copy of the book by chance the other day, and started reading it last night.
  • You know the wheel that my hubcap went missing from the other week?

someone (or something or somehow, etc.) or other

Some unspecified or unknown person, thing, manner, etc. (used to express vagueness or uncertainty): they were protesting about something or other
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  • Every now and again, of course, we've had to come aside and remind someone or other of… something or other.
  • I'm tired of walking into work and having someone asking me to support their kid's something or other.
  • He was the right honourable something or other, and had a significant property portfolio; I was never quite sure why he worked.


Old English ōther, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German ander, from an Indo-European root meaning 'different'.

Words that rhyme with other

another, brother, mother, smother, t'other

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Syllabification: oth·er

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