- every one of two or more considered individually or one by one: each stone in a building; a hallway with a door at each end.
- every one individually; each one: Each had a different solution to the problem.
- to, from, or for each; apiece: They cost a dollar each.
- every (one) of two or more considered individuallyeach day; each person
- (as pronoun)each gave according to his ability
- for, to, or from each one; apiecefour apples each
From a common West Germanic expression *aiwo galika (cf. Dutch elk, Old Frisian ellik, Old High German iogilih, German jeglich “each, every”). Originally used as we now use every (which is a compound of each) or all; modern use is by influence of Latin quisque. Modern spelling appeared late 1500s. Also cf. ilk, which.
In addition to the idioms beginning with each
- each and every one
- each other
- at each other’s throats
- made for (each other)