from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. In addition; besides.
- adv. Likewise; too: If you will stay, I will also.
- conj. And in addition: It's a pretty cat, also friendly.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adv. In like manner; likewise.
- adv. In addition; besides; as well; further; too.
- adv. Even as; as; so.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Wholly so; quite so; so.
- In like manner; likewise.
- In addition; too; further.
- As; so. See as.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adv. in addition
Middle English, from Old English ealswā : eall, all; see al-3 in Indo-European roots + swā, so; see so1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English also, alswo, alswa, (also alse, als, as > English as), from Old English ealswā, eallswā ("completely so, additionally, just as, just so, even as, even so, as, as if, so, so as, likewise, also; likewise, in just the same way"), equivalent to all + so. Cognate with Scots alsa, alswa ("also, even so, in the same way, as, as well"), West Frisian alsa ("so, just so, even so, thus"), Old Saxon alsō ("similarly, as if, just as, when"), Dutch alzo ("so, thus"), German also ("so, thus"), Danish altså ("so"), Swedish alltså ("so, therefore, accordingly, thus, then"). Compare also Swedish också ("also, too, as well") and Albanian aq sa ("as much as"), compound of aq ("as much") and sa ("how much, so, as"). See all, so, as. (Wiktionary)