What does item mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term item:

Princeton's WordNet

  1. item, point(noun)

    a distinct part that can be specified separately in a group of things that could be enumerated on a list

    "he noticed an item in the New York Times"; "she had several items on her shopping list"; "the main point on the agenda was taken up first"

  2. detail, particular, item(noun)

    a small part that can be considered separately from the whole

    "it was perfect in all details"

  3. item(noun)

    a whole individual unit; especially when included in a list or collection

    "they reduced the price on many items"

  4. detail, item, point(noun)

    an isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole

    "several of the details are similar"; "a point of information"

  5. token, item(adverb)

    an individual instance of a type of symbol

    "the word`error' contains three tokens of `r'"

  6. item(adverb)

    (used when listing or enumerating items) also

    "a length of chain, item a hook"-Philip Guedalla


  1. item(n.)

    A topic or piece of information having the salacious character of gossip, especially a romantic relation between two people; as, I hear that the boss and his new secretary are an item.

  2. item(n.)

    An article; a separate particular in an account; as, the items in a bill; he picked up four items at the drug store.

  3. Origin: [From Item, adv.]


  1. item(Noun)

    A distinct physical object.

    Tweezers are great for manipulating small items.

  2. item(Noun)

    A line of text having a legal or semantic meaning.

    In response to the first item, we deny all wrongdoing.

  3. item(Noun)

    A matter for discussion in an agenda.

    The first item for discussion is the budget for next year's picnic.

  4. item(Noun)

    Two people who are having a relationship with each other.

    Jack and Jill are an item.

  5. item(Noun)

    A question on a test, which may include its answers.

    The exam has 100 items, each of which includes a correct response and three distractors.

  6. Origin: The word started as item for "also", "in the same manner", and got its present English meaning by people misunderstanding usage in lists where the first entry began "Imprimis" (Latin for "firstly"), and the other entries each started "Item" (Latin for "also"), in former times when most learned people in England knew Latin.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Item(adverb)

    also; as an additional article

  2. Item(noun)

    an article; a separate particular in an account; as, the items in a bill

  3. Item(noun)

    a hint; an innuendo

  4. Item(noun)

    a short article in a newspaper; a paragraph; as, an item concerning the weather

  5. Item(verb)

    to make a note or memorandum of

  6. Origin: [L. See Iterate.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Item

    ī′tem, adv. likewise: also.—n. a separate article or particular.—v.t. to make a note of.—v.t. I′temise, to give by items. [L.,—id, that.]

Editors Contribution

  1. item

    A know and specific word or detail.

    The item on display was displayed accurately.

  2. item

    A specific element or thing.

    The item was referenced very efficiently.

  3. item

    A specific facet or thing.

    The item was referenced very efficiently.

Suggested Resources

  1. ITEM

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'item' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3124

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'item' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1096

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'item' in Nouns Frequency: #418

Anagrams for item »

  1. emit, mite, time

  2. Emit

  3. Mite

  4. Time


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of item in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of item in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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