Meaning of “alternative” - Learner’s Dictionary


adjective [ always before noun ] uk us /ɔːlˈtɜːnətɪv/
INSTEAD (also US alternate)

B2 An alternative plan, method, etc is one that you can use if you do not want to use another one:

We can make alternative arrangements if necessary.

B2 different to what is usual or traditional:

alternative comedy
an alternative lifestyle

(Definition of “alternative adjective” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)