- The definition of each is every one in the group.
An example of each used as an adjective is in the phrase "each student in the class," which means every single student in the class.
- Each is defined as for every one.
An example of each used as an adverb is in the phrase "a slice of pizza each," which means that every one received one slice of pizza.
- Each means every person in a group.
An example of each used as a pronoun is in the sentence, "Each received a packet," which means that every person received a packet.
Origin of eachMiddle English ech, elc, each, every from Old English ælc from an unverified form agilic, akin to Old High German iogilith (Ger jeglich) from Proto-Germanic an unverified form aiw-galic: see aye and alike
- each one the other: my partner and I assist each other
- each one the others; one another: members of the platoon look out for each other
Origin of eachMiddle English ech from Old English ǣlc ; see līk- in Indo-European roots.
Usage Note: In standard usage, the subject of a sentence beginning with each is grammatically singular, and so the verb and following pronouns must be singular: Each of the apartments has (not have ) its (not their ) own private entrance (not entrances ). When each follows a plural subject, however, the verb and subsequent pronouns remain plural: The apartments each have their own private entrances (not has its own private entrance ). When each follows the verb, it has been traditionally considered acceptable to say either The boys have each their own bike or The boys have each his own bike, though both of these (and especially the latter) are likely to seem stilted in comparison to The boys each have their own bike or The boys each have their own bikes. • The expression each and every is likewise followed by a singular verb and singular pronoun: Each and every driver knows (not know ) what his or her (not their ) job is to be. This expression is sometimes criticized as redundant, and so it is, but it emphasizes both the universality and individuality of the collection being discussed, much like every single one. See Usage Note at every. See Usage Note at they.
- All; every; qualifying a singular noun, indicating all examples of the thing so named seen as individual or separate items (compare every).
- make sure you wash each bowl well; the sun comes up each morning and sets each night
- Every one; every thing.
- I'm going to give each of you a chance to win.
- For one; per.
- The apples cost 50 cents each.
- (all, every): The phrase beginning with each identifies a set of items wherein the words following each identify the individual elements by their shared characteristics. The phrase is grammatically singular in number, so if the phrase is the subject of a sentence, its verb is conjugated into a third-person singular form. Similarly, any pronouns that refer to the noun phrase are singular:
- Each candidate has 49 votes.
- Each voter must decide for herself.
- (operations, philosophy) An individual item: the least quantitative unit in a grouping.
From Middle English eche, from Old English ǣlċ, contraction of ǣġhwylċ (“each, every, any, all”), from Proto-Germanic *aiwô (“ever, always”) + *galīkaz (“alike”), equivalent to ay + like. Compare Scots ilk, elk (“each, every”), West Frisian elk (“each”), Low German elk, ellik (“each”), Dutch elk (“each”), German jeglich (“any”).