- A distinct physical object .
- A line of text having a legal or semantic meaning .
- A matter for discussion in an agenda .
- ( informal ) Two people who are having a relationship with each other .
- ( psychometrics ) A question on a test, which may include its answers .
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 .
Explanation of item by Wordnet Dictionary
- item adv. [L. See Iterate.] Also; as an additional article.
- item n. [From Item, adv.]
1. An article; a separate particular in an account; as, “the items in a bill; he picked up four items at the drug store”.
2. A hint; an innuendo. [Obs.]
A secret item was given to some of the bishops . . . to absent themselves. Fuller.
3. A short article in a newspaper; a paragraph; as, “an item concerning the weather”.
4. A topic or piece of information having the salacious character of gossip, especially a romantic relation between two people; as, “I hear that the boss and his new secretary are an item”.
- Item, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Itemed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Iteming.] To make a note or memorandum of.
I have itemed it in my memory. Addison.
Definition of item by GCIDE Dictionary