Meaning of Et cetera
The English meaning and translation of this Latin phrase is as follows:
"And the rest"
Definition of Et cetera
The meaning and definition of this famous Latin expression relates to the end of a list that would contain similar items that is too long or tedious to give in full. This phrase is not usually written out in full, it is usually abbreviated in writing as etc. In the past the abbreviation was &c...
Examples of "Et cetera"
Examples of the use of the famous Latin phrase "Et cetera" can be found in schools, colleges and in the modern workplace. Sometimes it is used incorrectly. It does not mean 'and all others' it should only refer to a list of similar items. So, you would say "The baker sells bread, cookies, cakes, etc.."
The expression derives from the Latin from 'et' meaning "and" together with 'cetera' meaning "the others" and is translated as "and the rest" or "and so forth".
The phrase 'Et al.' is similar to etc. and is an abbreviation of the 'et alii' meaning "and others". The phrase 'et al.' applies to people whereas "Et cetera" (etc) applies to things or objects.
The expression 'et cetera' is often used in the 1956 movie 'The King and I' starring Deborah Kerr and Yul Brynner. The film is loosely based on the story about the English schoolteacher Anna Leonowens and her experiences at the court of King Mongkut, the King of Siam (now Thailand). The King of Siam learns the term 'et cetera' from Anna when she demands her own house, arguing that living in the royal palace would mean "iron bars, guards et cetera." She translates the term to the king as meaning "and all the rest and so forth". King Mongkut then acquires a tendency to insert it into his conversations showing his vain and pompous nature, in an attempt to sow his superior understanding and command of English. In dictating a letter he said,
"To Her Royal Highness Queen Victoria, et cetera,