item

An item is one thing, usually in a group or a list. At a restaurant, you might find yourself interested in a particular item on the menu (until you notice the price and decide to order a hamburger instead).

Item is a Latin word meaning “likewise.” As early as the 15th century, this word was used in formal writing to introduce each point in a list (like a medieval version of the bullet point). The meaning of item has continued to evolve. Since the 1970s, it’s been used in casual speech to refer to a romantically involved couple: "Did you hear? Avery and Sam are an item!"

Definitions of item
  1. 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”
    synonyms: point
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    agenda item
    one of the items to be considered
    incidental
    an item that is incidental
    inventory item
    an item listed in an inventory
    line item
    an item in an appropriation bill
    news item
    an item in a newspaper
    place, position
    an item on a list or in a sequence
    postposition
    (linguistics) the placing of one linguistic element after another (as placing a modifier after the word that it modifies in a sentence or placing an affix after the base to which it is attached)
    preposition
    (linguistics) the placing of one linguistic element before another (as placing a modifier before the word it modifies in a sentence or placing an affix before the base to which it is attached)
    factoid
    a brief (usually one sentence and usually trivial) news item
    type of:
    component, component part, constituent, moiety, part, portion
    something determined in relation to something that includes it
  2. noun
    a small part that can be considered separately from the whole
    synonyms: detail, particular
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    high spot, highlight
    the most interesting or memorable part
    type of:
    component, component part, constituent, moiety, part, portion
    something determined in relation to something that includes it
  3. noun
    an isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole
    synonyms: detail, point
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    minutia
    a small or minor detail
    nook and cranny, nooks and crannies
    something remote
    regard, respect
    (usually preceded by `in') a detail or point
    sticking point
    a point at which an impasse arises in progress toward an agreement or a goal
    technicality, trifle, triviality
    a detail that is considered insignificant
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    fact
    a piece of information about circumstances that exist or events that have occurred
  4. noun
    a whole individual unit; especially when included in a list or collection
    “they reduced the price on many items
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    custom-built, custom-made
    an item made to the customer's specifications
    disposable
    an item that can be disposed of after it has been used
    piece
    an item that is an instance of some type
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    unit, whole
    an assemblage of parts that is regarded as a single entity
  5. adverb
    (used when listing or enumerating items) also
    “"a length of chain, item a hook"-Philip Guedalla”
  6. noun
    an individual instance of a type of symbol
    synonyms: token
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    postage, postage stamp, stamp
    a small adhesive token stuck on a letter or package to indicate that that postal fees have been paid
    trading stamp
    a token resembling a stamp given by a retailer to a buyer; the token is redeemable for articles on a special list
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    symbol
    an arbitrary sign (written or printed) that has acquired a conventional significance
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