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Dictionary Definition



1 a distinct part that can be specified separately in a group of things that could be enumerated on a list; "he noticed an item in the New York Times"; "she had several items on her shopping list"; "the main point on the agenda was taken up first" [syn: point]
2 a whole individual unit; especially when included in a list or collection; "they reduced the price on many items"
3 a small part that can be considered separately from the whole; "it was perfect in all details" [syn: detail, particular]
4 an isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole; "several of the details are similar"; "a point of information" [syn: detail, point]
5 an individual instance of a type of symbol; "the word`error' contains three tokens of `r'" [syn: token] adv : (used when listing or enumerating items) also; "a length of chain, item a hook"-Philip Guedalla

User Contributed Dictionary



The word started as 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.


  1. A distinct physical object.
    Tweezers are great for manipulating small items.
  2. A line of text having a legal or semantic meaning.
    In response to the first item, we deny all wrongdoing.
  3. A matter for discussion in an agenda.
    The first item for discussion is the budget for next year's picnic.
  4. Two people who are having a relationship with each other.
    Jack and Jill are an item.
  5. In the context of "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.


  • (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


distinct physical object
line of text
matter for discussion in an agenda
informal: two people who are having a relationship with each other
test assessment question







  1. item

Extensive Definition

Item may refer to:
  • Item, entry in a list, or one object in a collection of objects.
  • Item, the name of a town in Abia State of Nigeria.
  • Collector's item, an object or item of any kind that has become valuable
  • Configuration item, form the basis of configuration management in computer software, to control files, requirements, or another definable unit
  • Greenhouse Item, the name for an American nuclear test conducted in 1951 as part of Operation Greenhouse at the Pacific Proving Ground
  • Item number, a term commonly used to describe a catchy, upbeat dance song in an Indian movie that has no relevance to the plot of the film
  • Item response theory, a body of theory used in the field of psychometrics
  • Line item, an appropriation that is itemized on a separate line in a budget
  • Item (game), the objects in a video game collected by the player character to increase the score or progress through the story.
  • Item (EP), first release by the band Onetwo


item in German: Item
item in Japanese: アイテム

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

above, additionally, adjunct, adversaria, again, aide-memoire, all included, along, also, altogether, among other things, and all, and also, and so, annotation, appurtenance, article, article of commerce, article of merchandise, as well, aspect, au reste, beside, besides, beyond, case, circumstance, citation, commodity, component, constituent, contents, contingent, count, credit, cross reference, cross section, datum, debit, demonstration, detachment, detail, division, docket, dole, double entry, drug, element, else, en plus, entity, entry, example, exemplification, extra, facet, fact, factor, farther, feature, filler, fixings, footnote, for lagniappe, fraction, further, furthermore, illustration, in addition, incidental, individual, ingredient, installment, instance, integer, integrant, inter alia, into the bargain, jotting, lead item, leader, likewise, loss leader, makings, marginal note, marginalia, matter, memo, memoir, memorandum, memorial, mention, minor detail, minute, minutes, minutia, minutiae, module, more, moreover, notation, note, notice, on the side, on top of, over, parcel, part, part and parcel, particular, percentage, person, persona, piece, plus, point, portion, product, quadrant, quarter, quota, quotation, random sample, reference, regard, register, registry, remainder, reminder, respect, sample, sampling, scholia, scholium, seconds, section, sector, segment, share, similarly, single, single entry, singleton, soul, special, specialty, standard article, staple, staple item, subdivision, subgroup, subspecies, then, therewith, thing, to boot, too, unit, vendible, ware, well, yet
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