Definition of other in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈʌðə/

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?
1.1Alternative of two: [as adjective]: the other side of the street my other brother [as pronoun]: she flung up first one arm and then the other one or other of his parents
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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, unlike, variant
1.2Those remaining in a group; those not already mentioned: [as adjective]: they took the other three away in an ambulance [as pronoun]: Freddie 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]: Labour would have 49 MPs plus ten 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, supplemental
3 [pronoun] (the other) British informal Used euphemistically to refer to sexual intercourse: a bit of the other
4 [pronoun] (the other) Philosophy & Sociology That which is distinct from, different from, or opposite to something or oneself: she needs to escape the tyranny of the Other
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  • 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



how the other half lives

Used to express or allude to the way of life of a different group in society, especially a wealthier one: he has spent six years showing TV viewers how the other half lives
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  • Though his conclusions are a little predigested, he wants to create enlightening and ultimately dignifying experiences that teach people how the other half lives.
  • She presents a breezy overview of issues relevant to men who are interested in seeing how the other half lives.
  • So I actually got to see how the other half lives, cosseted away in their curtained off world of hot towels, free wine, chocolates, and cookies.

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.
3.1Differently 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.
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  • 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?

the other thing

British , chiefly humorous An unexpressed alternative: if you keep a lot of rules I’ll reward you, and if you don’t I’ll do the other thing
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  • Well, it's not exactly fine, but it's better than the other thing.
  • When she wants to go to the toilet she rings a bell once for a wee and twice for the other thing.
  • I struggle with the angel on one shoulder and the devil on the other thing for a while and then I brush them off.

someone (or something or somehow etc.) or other

Some unspecified or unknown person, thing, manner, etc. 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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