An example of an item is this milk carton.
- An example of an item is a carton of milk.
- An example of an item is two people who are a couple.
Origin of itemMiddle English from Classical Latin from ita, so, thus
- an article; unit; separate thing; particular; entry in an account: an item of clothing
- a bit of news or information, specif. when in a newspaper: an item of interest
- Slang a couple identified publicly as sweethearts or lovers: John and Joan are an item
- A single article or unit in a collection, enumeration, or series.
- A clause of a document, such as a bill or charter.
- An entry in an account.
- a. A bit of information; a detail.b. A short piece in a newspaper or magazine.
- A romantically involved couple: “[They] soon began seeing each other … and were an item for a year and a half.” ( Peter J. Boyer )
transitive verbi·temed, i·tem·ing, i·tems Archaic
Origin of itemFrom Middle English also, moreover from Latin; see i- in Indo-European roots.Word History: The word item seems to us to be very much a noun, whether it refers to an article in a collection or a bit of information. But it began its life in English (first recorded before 1398) as an adverb meaning “moreover, also, in addition.” Item was typically used in front of each object listed in an inventory, as we might put also. This use in English simply reflects a meaning of the word in Latin. However, it is easy to see how item could be taken to stand for the thing that it preceded, and so we get, for example, the sense “an article included in an enumeration.” The first such usages are found in the 1500s, while the sense “a bit of information” is not found until the 1800s.
- A distinct physical object.
- Tweezers are great for manipulating small items.
- A line of text having a legal or other meaning; a separate particular in an account.
- the items in a bill
- In response to the first item, we deny all wrongdoing.
- (psychometrics) 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.
- A matter for discussion in an agenda.
- The first item for discussion is the budget for next year's picnic.
- (informal) Two people who are having a relationship with each other.
- Jack and Jill are an item.
- A short article in a newspaper.
- an item concerning the weather
The word started as Latin 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.
item - Computer Definition
A generic word for one unit or one member of a group. Similar to the word "object," when it is not relating to object-oriented programming, an item can be almost anything, including a file or folder. See data item.