item

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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 "In primis" (Latin for "firstly"), and the other entries each started "Item" (Latin for "also"), in former times when most learned people in England knew Latin.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (file)

Noun[edit]

item (plural items)

  1. A distinct physical object.
    Tweezers are great for manipulating small items.
    • 2013 July 26, Nick Miroff, “Mexico gets a taste for eating insects […]”, The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 7, page 32: 
      The San Juan market is Mexico City's most famous deli of exotic meats, where an adventurous shopper can hunt down hard-to-find critters […]. But the priciest items in the market aren't the armadillo steaks or even the bluefin tuna.
  2. 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.
  3. (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.
  4. A matter for discussion in an agenda.
    The first item for discussion is the budget for next year's picnic.
  5. (informal) Two people who are having a relationship with each other.
    Jack and Jill are an item.
    • 2010, Justin Bieber featuring Ludacris, Baby
      Are we an item? Girl, quit playin' / "We're just friends," what are you sayin'?
  6. A short article in a newspaper.
    an item concerning the weather
  7. (obsolete) A hint; an innuendo.
    • Thomas Fuller (1606-1661)
      A secret item was given to some of the bishops [] to absent themselves.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (object): article, object, thing
  • (line of text having a legal or semantic meaning):
  • (matter for discussion): subject, topic
  • (two people who are having a relationship with each other): couple
  • (psychometrics): test/assessment question

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin.

Adverb[edit]

item

  1. same; in the same way

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin.

Adverb[edit]

item

  1. (law) in the same way.

Noun[edit]

item m (invariable)

  1. (computer science) A single programmed unit.
  2. (linguistics) An element of a grammatical or lexical set.

Latin[edit]

Adverb[edit]

item

  1. likewise, also

Middle French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin.

Adverb[edit]

item

  1. same; in the same way

Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin.

Adverb[edit]

item

  1. same; in the same way

Portuguese[edit]

Noun[edit]

item m (plural itens)

  1. item
  2. A matter for discussion in an agenda or elsewhere.
    O primeiro item a considerar é o orçamento para o próximo piquenique.
  3. A line of text with some meaning.
    Consideremos um item de cada vez.