item [noun, verb ahy-tuhm; adverb ahy-tem] SynonymsExamplesWord Originnoun
- a separate article or particular: 50 items on the list.
- a separate piece of information or news, as a short piece in a newspaper or broadcast.
- Slang. something suitable for a news paragraph or as a topic of gossip, especially something that is sensational or scandalous: The bandleader and the new female singer are an item.
- a word formerly used in communications to represent the letter I.
- an admonition or warning.
- Older Use. an intimation or hint.
- also; likewise (used especially to introduce each article or statement in a list or series).
verb (used with object) Archaic.
- to set down or enter as an item, or by or in items.
- to make a note of.
Origin of item 1350–1400; Middle English: likewise (adv.), the same (noun) Latin: likewiseRelated formssub·i·tem, nounSynonyms for item thing; heading, entry. Related Words for item information, component, feature, element, thing, piece, point, dispatch, aspect, news, minutia, story, matter, scrap, novelty, detail, note, blurb, notice, particular Examples from the Web for item Contemporary Examples of item1.
The item on federal prisoners was disturbing in a different way.
December 13, 2014
“They are very friendly and curious,” The Evening Independent wrote in 1979 in an item emphasizing their popularity and cuteness.
November 26, 2014
He could surmise one item in keeping with young women of Somali heritage.
October 22, 2014
There is no blood on this shirt nor has this item been altered in any way.
September 15, 2014
This item is beyond poor taste and trivializes a loss of life that still hurts the Kent State community today.
September 15, 2014
Historical Examples of item
Item, the clyster repeated in the evening, as above, thirty sous.
I thanked him for the item, resolving to add it to my list of curious Americanisms.
Harry Leon Wilson
And I did not feel it essential to my regard for him to know every item of his past.
Tall Clemence made a dirty remark about every item that she touched.
He had two carts laden with luggage—one item, a green parrot in a cage.
British Dictionary definitions for item item noun (ˈaɪtəm)
- a thing or unit, esp included in a list or collection
- accounting an entry in an account
- a piece of information, detail, or notea news item
- informal two people having a romantic or sexual relationship
- (tr) an archaic word for itemize
- likewise; also
Word Origin for item C14 (adv) from Latin: in like manner Word Origin and History for item
late 14c. (adv.) “moreover, in addition,” from Latin item (adv.) “likewise, just so, moreover,” used to introduce a new fact or statement, probably from ita “thus,” id “it” (see id) + adverbial ending -tem (cf. idem “the same”). Thus “a statement or maxim” (of the kind formerly introduced by the word item), first recorded 1560s. Meaning “detail of information” (especially in a newspaper) is from 1819; item “sexually linked unmarried couple” is 1970, probably from notion of being an item in the gossip columns. Noun sense of “an article of any kind” (1570s) developed from adverbial sense of “moreover, in addition,” which was used before every article in a list (such as an inventory or bill).