Definition of alternative adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɔːlˈtɜːnətɪv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɔːlˈtɜːrnətɪv//
    [only before noun]
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  1. 1  (also alternate especially in North American English) that can be used instead of something else an alternative method of doing something Do you have an alternative solution?
  2. 2  different from the usual or traditional way in which something is done alternative comedy/lifestyles/values alternative energy (= electricity or power that is produced using the energy from the sun, wind, water, etc.)
  3. Word Originmid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘alternating, alternate’): from French alternatif, -ive or medieval Latin alternativus, from Latin alternare ‘interchange’, from alternus ‘every other’, from alter ‘other’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: alternative