Definition of et cetera in English:

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et cetera

Pronunciation: /ɛt ˈsɛt(ə)rə/
(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 so on and so forth, and the rest, and/or the like, and/or suchlike, and/or more of the same, and/or similar things, et cetera et cetera, and others, among others, et al., etc.
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.


A common mispronunciation of et cetera involves replacing the t in et with a k. This follows a process known as assimilation by which sounds become easier for the speaker to articulate.


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

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