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[et-set-er-uh, ‐se-truh] /ɛtˈsɛt ər ə, ‐ˈsɛ trə/
noun, plural etceteras.
a number of other things or persons unspecified.
etceteras, extras or sundries.
Origin of etcetera
First recorded in 1375-1425; noun use of et cetera Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • There is only half of me here—the etceteras are in the family vault in Scotland.

    A Book of Ghosts Sabine Baring-Gould
  • I can tell you where to get your clothes, and the best place for all the etceteras.

    The Malefactor E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Queen Elizabeths physician in ordinary received one hundred pounds per annum and perquisites—sustenance, wine, wax, and etceteras.

    The Funny Side of Physic A. D. Crabtre
  • The passage to London, with etceteras, including an unconscionable steward's-fee, amounted to nearly three pounds more.

  • So away we went, I in a small boat with a few boys, the others in another boat with the etceteras.

    West African studies Mary Henrietta Kingsley
  • All these etceteras are superfluous and unwholesome, and entail extra plates and additional trouble to everybody.

    Household Organization Florence Caddy
  • We shall need riding-habits, and summer things, and evening-dresses, and hosts of etceteras.

    The Fortunes of the Farrells Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • Border-state politicians, Harrises, Brownings and other etceteras of grain, are the confidential advisers.

British Dictionary definitions for etceteras


plural noun
miscellaneous extra things or persons
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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