et ceteraet cet·er·a
- and others; and the like; and the rest; and so forth
- or the like; or others of the same kind; or something similar
Origin of et ceteraClassical Latin
And other unspecified things of the same class; and so forth.
Origin of et ceteraLatin et and cētera the rest neuter pl. of cēterus ; see ko- in Indo-European roots.
- And the rest, and the others; to complete a list.
- The grocery sells cucumbers, lettuce, radishes, etc.
- And so forth; to indicate missing information, often well known.
- The plagiarism was painfully obvious: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times," etc.
- This phrase is not usually written out; rather, it is usually abbreviated in writing as etc., or sometimes (especially formerly) as &c.. These abbreviations are still pronounced, however, as the full phrase.
- Many speakers use a /k/ sound rather than a /t/ sound in the first word. This pronunciation is usually considered incorrect, is proscribed, and is somewhat stigmatized. It is sometimes represented in eye dialect as "excetera", "exetera", or "ekcetera".
From Latin et cētera (“and the rest" or "and so forth”)