noun pl. dit·tos
- The same as stated above or before.
- A duplicate; a copy.
- A pair of small marks (&thin;&second;&thin;) used to indicate that the word, phrase, or figure given above is to be repeated.
transitive verbdit·toed, dit·to·ing, dit·tos
To duplicate (a document, for example).
Origin of ditto
Italian dialectal past participle of
Italian dire to say from
; see deik-
in Indo-European roots.Word History: Ditto
originally comes from the Latin word dictus,
“having been said,” the past participle of the verb dīcere,
“to say.” In Italian dīcere
or in the Tuscan dialect ditto.
meant what said
does in legal English, as in “said property.” Thus the word could be used in certain constructions to mean “the same as what has been said”; for example, having given the date December 22,
one could use 26 detto
for 26 December.
The first recorded use of ditto
in English occurs in such a construction in 1625.
- That which was stated before, the aforesaid, the above, the same, likewise.
- (informal) A duplicate or copy of a document, particularly one created by a spirit duplicator
- Please run off twenty-four dittos of this assignment, for my students.
- A copy; an imitation.
- A symbol, represented by two apostrophes, inverted commas, or quotation marks (" "), when indicating that the item preceding is to be repeated.
(comparative more ditto, superlative most ditto)
- As said before, likewise.
(third-person singular simple present dittos, present participle dittoing, simple past and past participle dittoed)
- To repeat the aforesaid, the earlier action etc.
First attested in 1625. From Italian ditto, variant of detto, past participle of dire (“to say”), from Latin dīcō (“I say, I speak”).