Full record for ET n.

Definition an alien: abbreviation for "extra-terrestrial"
OED requirements antedating 1945
Earliest cite John Campbell, Astounding editorial
Comment The OED cite is from a 1957 reprint of Theodore Sturgeon's "Bulkhead". Bill Seabrook verified that the cite is in the 1956 reprint of the story in "A Way Home", and that it is not in the original publication, in March 1955 in Galaxy.

Mike Christie submitted a 1945 cite from John Campbell's "In Times To Come" column in Astounding.

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Citations for ET n.

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1961 F. Leiber Big Time (1969) 13 The Place has sectional gravity to suit our Extraterrestrial buddies—those crazy ETs sometimes come whooping in for recuperation in very mixed bunches.
1979 B. A. Freitas, Jr. Illegal Aliens in O. Davis Omni Bk. of Space 302 The extraterrestrial (ET)‥was therefore nonhuman by definition.
1980 D. Brin Sundiver i.i. 9 He couldn't resist an opportunity to talk with an E.T., anywhere, anytime.
1984 D. Brin Practice Effect ii. viii. 39 Blowing on it, he muttered as his temper slowly wound down. ‘Stupid, practical joking E.T.s‥.damned fickle aliens‥.’
1990 J. Tiptree, Jr. Color of Neanderthal Eyes 11 What can I tell her convincingly? Of the iron Rule Number One in ET contacts?