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From Middle English elswher, from Old English elles hwǣr and elles hwerġen (“elsewhere”); corresponding with else + where.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˌɛlsˈʍɛə/, /ˌɛlsˈwɛə/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈɛlsˌʍɛɹ/, /ˈɛlsˌwɛɹ/
(in accents with the "wine-whine" merger)
Audio (US) (file)
elsewhere (not comparable)
- Synonym of somewhere else: in, at, or to some other place.
- If you won’t serve us, we’ll go elsewhere.
- These particular trees are not to be found elsewhere.
- [1850?], Thomas Moore; W[illiam] M[ark] Clark, compiler, “Had We Some Bright Little Isle of Our Own”, in Clark’s Orphean Warbler. Containing a Choice Collection of Nearly Two Thousand Favourite Songs, Glees, Duets, &c., so Popular at the Present Time, as Sung at the Theatres, Public Concerts, &c., in London, London: Published by W. M. Clark, […], →OCLC, page 36:
- Oh, had we some bright little isle of our own, / In a blue summer ocean far off and alone; / [...] / Where simply to feel that we breathe, that we live, / Is worth the best joys that life elsewhere can give.
- 2012 March-April, John T. Jost, “Social Justice: Is It in Our Nature (and Our Future)?”, in American Scientist, volume 100, number 2, page 162:
- He draws eclectically on studies of baboons, descriptive anthropological accounts of hunter-gatherer societies and, in a few cases, the fossil record. With this biological framework in place, Corning endeavors to show that the capitalist system as currently practiced in the United States and elsewhere is manifestly unfair.
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elsewhere (plural elsewheres)
- Synonym of somewhere else: a place other than here.
- 2000, Angela M Jeannet, Under the radiant sun and the crescent moon: Italo Calvino's storytelling:
- We are back on the Ligurian coast, from which vertigos push human beings toward all kinds of elsewheres.
- “elsewhere”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
- “elsewhere”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
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