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: "Brad and Angelina — they're a hot item!"

Primary Meanings of item

1.
nadv
a distinct part that can be specified separately in a group of things that could be enumerated on a list
(used when listing or enumerating items) also
2.
n
an individual instance of a type of symbol
Full Definitions of item
1

n 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
Types:
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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, part, portion
something determined in relation to something that includes it

n a small part that can be considered separately from the whole

Synonyms:
detail, particular
Types:
high spot, highlight
the most interesting or memorable part
Type of:
component, component part, constituent, part, portion
something determined in relation to something that includes it

n an isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole

Synonyms:
detail, point
Types:
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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
Type of:
fact
a piece of information about circumstances that exist or events that have occurred

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

“they reduced the price on many items
Types:
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
Type of:
unit, whole
an assemblage of parts that is regarded as a single entity

adv (used when listing or enumerating items) also

“"a length of chain, item a hook"-Philip Guedalla”
2

n an individual instance of a type of symbol

Synonyms:
token
Types:
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
Type of:
symbol
an arbitrary sign (written or printed) that has acquired a conventional significance

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