Definition of other in English:


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’
    • ‘The answer might be trains but equally it might be some other new or neglected technology.’
    • ‘We did a run of clothes and some other stuff over to the new house, then went back and packed some more.’
    • ‘The winner progresses to the next level and the loser goes home to try to become a millionaire by some other means.’
    • ‘We do not yet know if this is the case or if fast cells differ from slow ones in some other way.’
    • ‘Clearly they do need an appropriate pay rise, as do some other public employees.’
    • ‘Future generations will have to find some other way to rise up against their parents.’
    • ‘Is that what has happened out here, or is there some other reason why we are different?’
    • ‘The idea had been put forward that she was making it all up, that she had a fantasy or some other motive.’
    • ‘He will be sadly missed, and I hope he finds some other way to continue his good work.’
    • ‘They know that they will only be able to make up this gap if some other market takes off in a spectacular fashion.’
    • ‘So I've brought some compost inside to warm up and will repot the peppers some other time.’
    • ‘Find some other way to convey that this was not a case of murder by strangers.’
    • ‘Whether it was through laziness in throwing it away or for some other reason, I don't know.’
    • ‘Some other way has to be found, and the only viable option would seem to be carbon sequestration.’
    • ‘The journey is called off, replanned for some other time.’
    • ‘They look like us, but the people on the news seem to exist in some other dimension.’
    • ‘If my guess is correct then your problem could be related to ageing or some other cause.’
    • ‘It has no pool, and is not as luxurious as some other places, but it is private and offers extremely good value.’
    • ‘The second photo should be of a street sign or some other distinguishing landmark at the node.’
    • ‘Surely the best place for such tags would be on the tail of the shirt or some other low contact area.’
    1. 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’
      • ‘If one or other of two claims is true and one of these isn't, the other must be.’
      • ‘By contrast, the other side knew exactly what it was doing and how to go about it.’
      • ‘It is very different from a case where one or other only is to blame, but clearly not both.’
      • ‘Once on the other side, there's a special air about the place - it's so remote and lush.’
      • ‘The problem arises where there is conflicting evidence on one or other or both issues.’
      • ‘All one could do was apply pressure on one or other party to implement better policies.’
      • ‘Childhood walks would invariably end up along the sea wall, with fields on one side and on the other the river.’
      • ‘Finally, projected costs can be massaged to make one or other option look more attractive.’
      • ‘You'll almost always find that one or the other of those works and the other one doesn't.’
      • ‘The roadworks, which take up one lane of the street, are fenced off on the other side by wire mesh panels.’
      • ‘In times of unrest, crossing from one side to the other means putting your life at risk.’
      • ‘That side is open again now and the contractors have moved to the other side.’
      • ‘The presidency has on a number of occasions played a crucial role in favouring one or other side.’
      • ‘It recognises that one or other or both of the parties may be affected by the event in question.’
      • ‘If production of one or other predominates, then body fluids tend to become acid or alkaline.’
      • ‘On one side, he's got a bed, a toilet and a shower, and on the other side, just a table.’
      • ‘While it opens doors, it can cloud your perception of what's on the other side.’
      • ‘On the other side we wrote down a possible solution, or a question mark if we didn't know.’
      • ‘Continue over the slippery rocks round to the other side, and clamber up a steep, grassy slope.’
      • ‘The really big question for the rest of us in Europe is what victory for one side or the other will mean in economic terms.’
      alternative, different, dissimilar, disparate, distinct, separate, contrasting, unlike, variant
      alternative, different, dissimilar, disparate, distinct, separate, contrasting, unlike, variant
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    2. 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’
      • ‘He looked around at the others, and could already feel a sense of familiarity deep in his bones.’
      • ‘My eyes move to the rest of the others, able to see them more clearly due to the red glow lighting them up.’
      • ‘Mama and I rested when we could, especially when we stopped to let the others rest.’
      • ‘The others had scattered, though one of the girls remained in our corner, thus making us a trio.’
      • ‘We need more places like that, where one person can catch up on breakfast while the others have lunch.’
      • ‘In 2004 it has become just another fashion mag, no better or worse than all the others.’
      • ‘The van drove off when the lights changed and the others continued to follow.’
      • ‘I doubt there is anything the others can do to wrest this focus away from her.’
      • ‘The others excluding the two girls had already admitted their roles in the attack.’
      • ‘One particularly stormy night, Byron challenged the others to tell a ghost story.’
      • ‘All of the books in the series have been dark and grim, but this one is even more so than the others.’
      • ‘The ones who were sick should really have come by ambulance and the others shouldn't have come at all.’
      • ‘The group was split in two with half taking part in the exercise programme and the others acting as a control.’
      • ‘By the time he reached the car park the others had already disappeared back into the community hall.’
      • ‘That man then ran back to the Rover where two of the others had already gone.’
      • ‘The others were dispersed through the rest of the army in infantry support roles.’
      • ‘Each of the exchanges has also been trying to steal business from the others.’
      • ‘Its complex interrelatedness means that each short work helps gloss the others.’
      • ‘For some reason the man ignored the others and kept moving slowly towards me.’
      • ‘In this he is the exception, for the others all began to write early in life.’
      remainder, residue, balance, remaining number, remaining part, remaining quantity, part/number/quantity, number that is left over, part that is left over, quantity that is left over, others, those left, remains, remnant, remnants, rump, surplus, difference, extra, excess, superfluity, overflow, overspill, additional material, additional people, additional things, extra material, extra people, extra things
      remainder, residue, balance, remaining number, remaining part, remaining quantity, part/number/quantity, number that is left over, part that is left over, quantity that is left over, others, those left, remains, remnant, remnants, rump, surplus, difference, extra, excess, superfluity, overflow, overspill, additional material, additional people, additional things, extra material, extra people, extra things
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  • 2Further; additional.

    [as adjective] ‘one other word of advice’
    [as pronoun] ‘reporting three stories and rewriting three others’
    • ‘Will the trees get enough sun here, and could you suggest some other plants for the same border?’
    • ‘I hoped he would come in again some other time when I was on duty, but he never did.’
    • ‘One other lingering question from last night's documentary is how did he become so thin?’
    • ‘Some other time I will fill you all in on the time between her diagnosis and her death.’
    • ‘He has no regrets about that loose comment or any of the others he has fired out over the course of a colourful career.’
    • ‘There are also some other really funny videos made by the same guys on there.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There are some other familiar faces within the cast, but no one overtly famous.’
    • ‘The appellants raised other grounds in addition to that which occasioned the reference.’
    • ‘There are some other shows too in this genre but we're not going to go into details.’
    more, further, additional, extra, added, supplementary, supplemental
    more, further, additional, extra, added, supplementary, supplemental
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  • 3Sociology Philosophy
    [pronoun] That which is distinct from, different from, or opposite to something or oneself.

    • ‘Thus it is in opposition to the other that psychoanalysis has conceptualised the self to emerge.’


  • 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 allude to the way of life of a different group in society, especially a wealthier one.

  • no other

    • archaic Nothing else.

      ‘we can do 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.’
      • ‘The sense of elation at having beaten the odds and quitting while ahead gives a buzz like no other.’
  • other than

    • 1[with negative or in questions]Apart from; except.

      [as preposition] ‘he claims not to own anything other than his home’
      • ‘The police never pretend their figures are based on anything other than reported crime.’
      • ‘These are strange times to be putting up a statue to anything other than flux.’
      • ‘I don't want to say anything other than I went down the wrong side of the lock and got stuck.’
      • ‘It's simply unacceptable for anything other than the truth to be taught in schools.’
      • ‘You don't for a moment consider anything other than a real fire when you live deep in the country.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He had never intended to use the knife for anything other than breaking into the property.’
      • ‘No amount of reconstruction can bring to life anything other than the most recent events.’
      • ‘I shall not pretend that this was anything other than a bad result, because it was.’
      apart from, besides, in addition to, over and above, beyond, not counting, leaving aside, barring, other than, excluding, not including, without, with the exception of, except, except for, excepting, omitting, leaving out, short of
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      1. 1.1Differently or different from; otherwise than.
        ‘there is no suggestion that we are to take this other than literally’
  • on the other hand

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

    • A few days (or nights, weeks, etc.) ago.

      • ‘I dragged the photo albums down from the attic the other week and I have been looking through them for suitable scans.’
      • ‘I understood it even less after your word of explanation the other week.’
      • ‘I think I forgot to mention that the club editor called me the other week to say he loved the idea and promised to try for a feature if we do another one.’
      • ‘We still keep in touch with each other - I visited one only the other week, while on holiday in the Shetland Isles.’
      • ‘I picked up a copy of the book by chance the other day, and started reading it last night.’
      • ‘So, as advised the other week, tighten those lower abdominal muscles and suck in that belly.’
      • ‘He's saying that the prisoner issue wasn't that important until just the other week.’
      • ‘When I bought the car the other week, I knew that one of the problems was that the heater motor didn't work correctly.’
      • ‘You know the wheel that my hubcap went missing from the other week?’
      • ‘I came across this article the other week and checked out the night sky every so often since.’
  • 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’
      • ‘I've also heard whispers about me being trained for something or other.’
      • ‘Those two sessions were three days apart, which proves something or other.’
      • ‘I was told that did not fall under the zero tolerance guidelines or the school's code of something or other.’
      • ‘The statement you refer to is one I use regularly when people tell me that they would do something or other but they just don't have as much time as other people.’
      • ‘Every now and again, of course, we've had to come aside and remind someone or other of… something or other.’
      • ‘It is easy to give lip service to support something or other but it is another matter altogether to give you time year in and year out to a service.’
      • ‘He was the right honourable something or other, and had a significant property portfolio; I was never quite sure why he worked.’
      • ‘I should like to be able to claim the moral high ground here because we all need to feel moral about something or other, but sadly I can't.’
      • ‘I'm tired of walking into work and having someone asking me to support their kid's something or other.’
      • ‘I know she ordered it off the back of a box of something or other, but for the life of me I can't remember what.’


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