“and al.” is a contraction of the Latin phrase “et alia,” which means “and others.” When it appears on a property deed, it implies that a list of objects or people on the deed includes additional items or individuals.
The abbreviation “et al.” appears in numerous additional instances. It is commonly used in bibliographical entries and citations, particularly when mentioning a source with a long list of authors. In a footnote citing a book having multiple authors, the first author is listed first, followed by “et al.”
“etc.” is a significantly more common alternative to “et al.” This acronym, which is a contraction of the Latin word “et cetera,” signifies “and other things”