Definition of et cetera in US English:

et cetera

(also etcetera)

adverb

  • 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’
    • ‘However, by the time you add service, coffee and petit fours, wine, water, etcetera, it is shaping up for a typical spend of £45 per head.’
    • ‘We have a great team of volunteers who want to help with press kits, promotions, etcetera, but it's tough.’
    • ‘I believe the Philippines must be the only country in the world where people are actually required to place their pictures, height, weight, civil status, religion, etcetera in the résumé.’
    • ‘‘When I was playing I realised that I knew exactly what I should do, where I should pass, how I should run, etcetera,’ he said recently.’
    • ‘‘Because as well as that, you must also master all other parts of Japanese culture, such as calligraphy, flower arranging, ceramics, etcetera,’ she said.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Instead we plunged into a discussion of ad campaigns I've done in school and during internship, how familiar I am with the ins and outs of the whole advertising process, etcetera.’
    • ‘The local scout troop is looking for donations of bric-a-brac, toys, books, videos, unwanted gifts, etcetera.’
    • ‘No, it depends on what is culturally viable and imaginable: can she find work, freely choose what to do and where to go, receive fair and equal pay, etcetera?’
    • ‘It makes it much, much easier to make pastries, muffins, noodles, pie crusts, etcetera that stay together nicely with almost no skill or additives required.’
    • ‘There are issues galore affecting the people - the lack of good jobs, the corporate looting of our pensions, health care for all, energy independence, etcetera - but these were mostly ignored.’
    • ‘Out of sheer desperation, I tried to steer the conversation around to normal, interesting things, like our oncoming theses, good theses advisers, our projects at the agency, etcetera.’
    • ‘Typically, this positive action constitutes the handing over of wages so that another member of society will be provided with medical care, a government pension, etcetera.’
    • ‘The agenda is anti-EU, anti-immigration, pro-'family values ’, etcetera.’
    • ‘We have thousands and thousands of books about the founding fathers' pursuit of liberty, happiness, etcetera and nothing about the men who delivered the goods, the innovators.’
    • ‘Why don't the reporters covering Hollywood reject the deals, because ultimately the stars and the producers, etcetera, need the media to get their story out?’
    • ‘Alan, is there any accountability held by media, by networks, by newspapers, etcetera, for the people who've been making these wrong calls?’
    • ‘You spend all your time texting and calling, pestering people to do their parts, and rushing about attending to little details like reserving rooms and finding out who's got a laptop and who can make a presentation, etcetera.’
    • ‘It's undeniable that they are very suspicious of the European programme of international courts, laws, treaties, etcetera.’
    • ‘So accusing me of inciting violence, of provoking a bloody revolution, etcetera, it is because they have those things in their minds and they project their scheme of thinking into other people's minds.’
    and so on, and so forth, and so on and so forth, and the rest, and the like, or the like, and suchlike, or suchlike, and more of the same, or more of the same, and similar things, or similar things, et cetera et cetera, and others, among others, et al., etc.
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    1. 1.1 Indicating 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I was walking along with a friend, and this fellow comes up to us and starts blathering on about how we should give to our fellow brothers and help the church, etcetera.’
      • ‘I haven't been watching the telly news either because I know it'll all just be that awful man beaming jubilantly and no doubt boasting about his enormous humility, etcetera, etcetera, 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.’
      • ‘Or course, people would say that it served me right, that I shouldn't be giving for the sake of feeling something; that I should be giving for the sake of helping someone, 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.’
      • ‘However, if you are only an employee then you have to suffer: you are but a cog in the machine; the client's preferences naturally outrank yours, and he who pays the piper etcetera, etcetera.’
      • ‘You know what I believe; Heaven is that dream we'll never achieve, that place we'll never go, etcetera, etcetera.’
      • ‘Every thought, action, feeling or experience reverberates through the universe and, in doing so, sets in motion effects that give birth to causes, that give birth to effects, that give birth to causes, etcetera.’
      • ‘I promise to quit smoking, take up tai chi, become a blues musician, etcetera, etcetera.’

Usage

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

Origin

Late Middle English: Latin, from et ‘and’ and cetera ‘the rest’ (neuter plural of ceterus ‘left over’).

Pronunciation

et cetera

/et ˈsedərə//ɛt ˈsɛdərə/