[ awl-rahyt ]

  1. all right.

Origin of alright

First recorded in 1660–70

usage note For alright

The form alright as a one-word spelling of the phrase all right in all of its senses probably arose by analogy with such words as already and altogether. Although alright is a common spelling in written dialogue and in other types of informal writing, all right is used in more formal, edited writing.

Words that may be confused with alright

  • all right, alright (see usage note at the current entry)

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How to use alright in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for alright


/ (ɔːlˈraɪt) /

adverb, sentence substitute, adjective
  1. a variant spelling of all right

usage For alright

The form alright, though very common, is still considered by many people to be wrong or less acceptable than all right

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