1. for example; for the sake of example; such as.

Origin of e.g.

From the Latin word exemplī grātiā
Can be confusede.g. i.e. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for eg

Historical Examples of eg

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for eg


the internet domain name for
  1. Egypt


abbreviation for
  1. Egypt(ian)
  2. Egyptology


eg. or eg

abbreviation for
  1. exempli gratia

Word Origin for e.g.

Latin: for example
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Word Origin and History for eg


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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

eg in Culture


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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