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et al.

also et al, 1883, abbreviation of Latin et alii (masc.), et aliƦ (fem.), or et alia (neuter), in any case meaning "and others."

et al.

Etymology 1 abbr. And others; (non-gloss definition: to complete a list, especially of people, as authors of a published work.) Etymology 2

abbr. And elsewhere; (non-gloss definition: to complete a list of places.)

et al.
  1. adv. used as an abbreviation of `et alii' (masculine plural) or `et aliae' (feminine plural) or `et alia' (neutral plural) when referring to a number of people [syn: et al, and others]

  2. used as an abbreviation of `et alibi' when referring to other occurrences in a text [syn: et al, and elsewhere]