item

noun
\ˈī-təm \

Definition of item 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a distinct part in an enumeration, account, or series : article

2 : an object of attention, concern, or interest

3 : a separate piece of news or information

4 : a couple in a romantic or sexual relationship

5 obsolete : warning, hint

item

adverb
\ˈī-ˌtem, ˈī-təm\

Definition of item (Entry 2 of 3)

: and in addition : also used to introduce each article in a list or enumeration

item

verb
\ˈī-təm \
itemed; iteming; items

Definition of item (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 archaic : compute, reckon

2 archaic : to set down the particular details of

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for item

Synonyms: Noun

detail, particular, point

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Choose the Right Synonym for item

Noun

item, detail, particular mean one of the distinct parts of a whole. item applies to each thing specified separately in a list or in a group of things that might be listed or enumerated. every item on the list detail applies to one of the small component parts of a larger whole such as a task, building, painting, narration, or process. leave the details to others particular stresses the smallness, singleness, and especially the concreteness of a detail or item. a description that included few particulars

Examples of item in a Sentence

Noun

There are several items for sale. I need to buy a few household items like soap. He always orders the most expensive item on the menu. There are a lot of items on our agenda tonight, so let's start the meeting. I saw an item in today's paper about the mayor's campaign plans.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The company is urging customers to throw out any affected items or return them to ALDI for a full refund. Talia Richman, baltimoresun.com, "ALDI recalls some poke kits from five Maryland stores," 14 July 2018 She also was told it would take 30 to 45 days to receive the items. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Amazon Prime Day: Gift cards, coupons and other scams to watch for," 14 July 2018 The County Department of Public Works staff will advise people about how to protect their properties, homes, garages, sheds and other structures and provide free sand, sandbags, fiber rolls and items to stabilize properties before rains arrive. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Lions Club member receives fellowship award ...community news," 14 July 2018 This nationwide delivery service is offering $5 off delivery orders of $20 or more to go toward the purchase of any fry item on the menu from their restaurant partners. PEOPLE.com, "How to Get Free McDonald's Fries and More Deals on Friday for National French Fry Day," 13 July 2018 But this isn’t a subscription service: Customers will fill out a survey and a stylist will handpick five items specifically for them. refinery29.com, "Affordable & Ethically Sourced Diamonds You Can Try Before You Buy," 13 July 2018 The battle was one of several curious news items in the Mesozoic Era of the drive-in theater, which swept across the Bay Area in the early ’50s, but managed to all but miss San Francisco. Peter Hartlaub, SFChronicle.com, "SF almost had a Sutro Drive-In in 1950, and more local outdoor movie history," 13 July 2018 The colorful designs were a big success and became a collector’s item for fans of the brand. Aubri Juhasz, The Cut, "Burberry’s Latest Collab Is Full of Cool Kids in Rainbow Check," 13 July 2018 Students do not produce items for judging, but teachers nominate deserving students. Elaine Rooker Jack, The Courier-Journal, "24 local students receive awards in PTA contests unique to Kentucky," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The patio has its own menu, with essentials like brats and hot dogs but also items like a memorable pork sausage made with makrut lime and chile and topped with mango relish. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Dining patios proliferate around Milwaukee; a look at some new ones for 2018," 10 July 2018 Some of the most popular Prime Now items ordered in Houston include avocados, strawberries and bananas. Fernando Alfonso Iii, Houston Chronicle, "Amazon will now deliver beer and wine almost immediately in Houston," 20 June 2018 But in the case of taxing textiles and denim (Levi’s specifically), which aren’t even items the United States counts among its top exports, what's the point? refinery29.com, "Why Is The European Union Going After Our Jeans?," 1 June 2018 Hampton did not know what items Eastland was suspected of taking from the store. Nashelly Chavez, sacbee, "Shoplifting suspect dies after brawl with Carmichael grocery store security | The Sacramento Bee," 14 May 2018 Explore the unique, and one of a kind items up for bid in our extravagant silent auction. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Witamy - Welcome! A Texas-sized Polish party is slated for this weekend," 1 May 2018 For the first time ever, a Waffle House location in Georgia is adding a new, adults only item to their menu — beer. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "Waffle House sells beer for first time at Georgia baseball stadium," 19 Apr. 2018 Figuring out via algorithms what items to offer shoppers has bedeviled retailers for years. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "Macy's Ramps Up Tech Push With Virtual Reality and Personalized Online Shopping," 19 Mar. 2018 Teachers have rallied behind the family, donating clothes, a winter coat, and whatever items their student may need. Helen Ubiñas, Philly.com, "A young girl reminds us that #NotEverythingIsAwful | Helen Ubiñas," 8 Dec. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'item.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of item

Noun

1561, in the meaning defined at sense 5

Adverb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for item

Adverb

Middle English, from Latin, from ita thus

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about item

Statistics for item

Last Updated

22 Oct 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for item

The first known use of item was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for item

item

noun

English Language Learners Definition of item

: an individual thing : a separate part or thing

: a separate piece of news or information

: two people who are in a romantic or sexual relationship

item

noun
\ˈī-təm \

Kids Definition of item

1 : a single thing in a list, account, or series

2 : a brief piece of news

item

noun
\ˈī-təm \

Legal Definition of item 

1 : a distinct part in an enumeration, account, or series

2 : a financial instrument (as a check or draft)

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on item

What made you want to look up item? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

playful or foolish behavior

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Autumn Words of the Day 2018

  • a-top-down-image-of-road-through-an-autumn-forest
  • Which is a synonym of fugacious?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!