being one more or more of the same; further; additional: another piece of cake.
different; distinct; of a different period, place, or kind: at another time; another man.
very similar to; of the same kind or category as: What we need today is another Thomas Jefferson.


Origin of another

Middle English word dating back to 1175–1225; see origin at an1, other Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for another

Contemporary Examples of another

Historical Examples of another

  • You live for immortality in this world; I live for immortality in another.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • Another subject attracted her attention and occupied some share of her thoughts.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • I have another favour to ask, in addition to the many claims you already have upon me.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • From one enemy of Robert the transition is brief and natural to another.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • Tibble saw that he was like one in another world, and gently led him away.

    The Armourer's Prentices

    Charlotte M. Yonge

British Dictionary definitions for another



  1. one more; an addedanother chance
  2. (as pronoun)help yourself to another
  1. a different; alternativeanother era from ours
  2. (as pronoun)to try one path, then another
  1. a different example of the same sortanother Beethoven
  2. (as pronoun)we got rid of one loafer, but I think this new man's another
another place the other House of Parliament (used in the House of Commons to refer to the House of Lords and vice versa)

Word Origin for another

C14: originally an other
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for another

early 13c., merger of an other. Old English used simply oþer. Originally "a second of two." Compound reciprocal pronoun one another is recorded from 1520s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with another


In addition to the idiom beginning with another

  • another county heard from

also see:

  • dance to another tune
  • have another guess coming
  • horse of a different (another) color
  • one good turn deserves another
  • one man's meat is another man's poison
  • one way or another
  • sing a different (another) tune
  • tomorrow is another day
  • wear another hat
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