Meaning of “e.g.” in the English Dictionary

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"e.g." in British English

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also eg uk /iːˈdʒiː/ us /iːˈdʒiː/

abbreviation for exempli gratia: a Latin phrase that means "for example". It can be pronounced as "e.g." or "for example":

You should eat more food that contains a lot of fibre, e.g. fruit, vegetables, and bread.

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  • The names of political parties are always capitalized, e.g. the Green Party.
  • You often write a slash between alternatives, e.g. "and/or".
  • Just choose whatever filling you would prefer in your jacket potato, e.g. cheese, coleslaw, tuna, or baked beans.
  • For girls, you might buy some jewellery, e.g. a pair of clip-on earrings, a bracelet, or hair accessories.
  • Many people chose works by Impressionist painters, e.g. Monet or Renoir.

(Definition of “e.g.” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"e.g." in American English

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abbreviation for exempli gratia (= Latin for "for example"):

Eat foods containing a lot of fiber, e.g., fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
Note: In spoken English, people usually say "for example" or "such as" instead of "e.g."

(Definition of “e.g.” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"e.g." in Business English

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also eg uk us

abbreviation for for example: used for giving one or more examples:

One partner in the business cannot act unilaterally e.g. over investments, holidays, contracts to accept, etc.

(Definition of “e.g.” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)