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for example; for the sake of example; such as.
Origin of e.g.
From the Latin word exemplī grātiā
Can be confused
e.g, i.e. Unabridged
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  • For in drawing the right lines de and eg, ig, it shall be plaine of two of them; And after the same manner of the rest.

    The Way To Geometry Peter Ramus
  • Boys round town, they tell me, used to call him 'eg' behind his back.

    Fair Harbor Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • Variable spelling is preserved as printed, eg cardamon, crême.

  • The other, Keshkesh, seems to bear the same relationship to the cuneiform Kasku which the eg.

    The Heroic Age H. Munro Chadwick
  • You see, Cordelia is so dreadful gone on that eg man that she can't bear to see another female within hailin' distance of him.

    Fair Harbor Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • I told her she had better think over what I said about that eg's schemin' to get her mother and the five thousand dollars.

    Fair Harbor Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • Thirty thousand don't last some folks long, and Elviry and her eg will be needin' money to pay grocery bills.

    Fair Harbor Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • eg'lamour, the person who aids Silvia, daughter of the duke of Milan, in her escape.

British Dictionary definitions for eg






exempli gratia
Word Origin
Latin: for example
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Word Origin and History for eg


abbreviation of Latin exemplia gratia "for the sake of example."

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eg in Culture

e.g. definition

An abbreviation meaning “for example.” It is short for the Latin exempli gratia, “for the sake of example.” A list of examples may be preceded by e.g.: “She loved exotic fruit, e.g., mangoes, passion fruit, and papayas.” (Compare i.e.)

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