E.g. is an abbreviation for the Latin phrase exempli gratia, which means “for or by way of example.” It is used to introduce an example or illustration of a point.
The abbreviation e.g. should not be confused with the abbreviation i.e., which means “that is” and is used to clarify or expand upon a term rather than to introduce an illustration or example.
[Last updated in June of 2021 by the Wex Definitions Team]