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Alternative forms[edit]


an +‎ other.


  • (UK, unstressed) IPA(key): /ənˈʌ.ðə(ɹ)/
  • (UK, stressed) IPA(key): /ænˈʌ.ðə(ɹ)/
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  • (US, unstressed) IPA(key): /ənˈʌ.ðɚ/
  • (US, stressed) IPA(key): /ænˈʌ.ðɚ/
  • Rhymes: -ʌðə(r)
  • Hyphenation: an‧oth‧er



  1. One more, in addition to a former number; a second or additional one, similar in likeness or in effect.
    Yes, I'd like another slice of cake, thanks.
  2. Not the same; different.
    Do you know another way to do this job?
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 22, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
      From another point of view, it was a place without a soul. The well-to-do had hearts of stone; the rich were brutally bumptious; the Press, the Municipality, all the public men, were ridiculously, vaingloriously self-satisfied.
    • 1979, Micheal Ende, The Neverending Story, →ISBN, page 53:
      But that is another story and will be told another time.
    • 2013 May-June, Katrina G. Claw, “Rapid Evolution in Eggs and Sperm”, in American Scientist, volume 101, number 3:
      In plants, the ability to recognize self from nonself plays an important role in fertilization, because self-fertilization will result in less diverse offspring than fertilization with pollen from another individual.
  3. Any or some; any different person, indefinitely; anyone else; someone else.
    He has never known another like her.

Usage notes[edit]

  • As a fused head construction another may have a possessive another's (plural: others, or possessive plural other). It is much used in opposition to one; as, one went one way, another went another. It is also used with one in a reciprocal sense; as, "love one another," that is, let each love the other or others.
    • John Milton
      These two imparadised in one another's arms.
  • Another is usually used with a singular noun, but constructions such as "another five days", "another twenty miles", "another four people", "another fifty dollars", are valid too.
  • Sometimes, the word "whole" is inserted into another by the common process of tmesis, giving: "a whole nother." This is a colloquialism that some recommend avoiding in formal writing.[1] The prescribed alternatives are "a whole other" or "another whole".
  • There may be ambiguity: "another" may or may not imply "replacement", e.g. "I need another chair." may mean "My chair needs to be replaced." or "I need an additional chair [and I need to keep my existing chair]."

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  1. An additional one of the same kind.
    This napkin fell to the floor, could you please bring me another?
  2. One that is different from the current one.
    I saw one movie, but I think I will see another.
  3. One of a group of things of the same kind.
    His interests keep shifting from one thing to another.


  1. ^ Brians, Paul (2016-05-19), “a whole ’nother. Common Errors in English Usage and More”, in (Please provide the title of the work)[1], Washington State University: “It is one thing to use the expression “a whole ’nother” as a consciously slangy phrase suggesting rustic charm and a completely different matter to use it mistakenly.”