Et-cetera meaning

ĕt sĕt'ər-ə, sĕt'rə
And other unspecified things of the same class; and so forth.
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And others; and the like; and the rest; and so forth.
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Or the like; or others of the same kind; or something similar.
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And the rest, and the others; to complete a list.

The grocery sells cucumbers, lettuce, radishes, etc.

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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.

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Origin of et-cetera

  • Latin et and cētera the rest neuter pl. of cēterus ko- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Latin et cētera (“and the rest" or "and so forth”)
    From Wiktionary