- a separate article or particular: 50 items on the list.
- a separate piece of information or news, as a short piece in a newspaper or broadcast.
- Slang. something suitable for a news paragraph or as a topic of gossip, especially something that is sensational or scandalous: The bandleader and the new female singer are an item.
- a word formerly used in communications to represent the letter I.
- an admonition or warning.
- Older Use. an intimation or hint.
- also; likewise (used especially to introduce each article or statement in a list or series).
- to set down or enter as an item, or by or in items.
- to make a note of.
Origin of item
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Examples from the Web for subitem
Examining the subitem, P-2, is the area depicted in that photograph familiar to you?Warren Commission (5 of 26): Hearings Vol. V (of 15)
The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
- a thing or unit, esp included in a list or collection
- accounting an entry in an account
- a piece of information, detail, or notea news item
- informal two people having a romantic or sexual relationship
- (tr) an archaic word for itemize
- likewise; also
Word Origin and History for subitem
late 14c. (adv.) "moreover, in addition," from Latin item (adv.) "likewise, just so, moreover," used to introduce a new fact or statement, probably from ita "thus," id "it" (see id) + adverbial ending -tem (cf. idem "the same"). Thus "a statement or maxim" (of the kind formerly introduced by the word item), first recorded 1560s. Meaning "detail of information" (especially in a newspaper) is from 1819; item "sexually linked unmarried couple" is 1970, probably from notion of being an item in the gossip columns. Noun sense of "an article of any kind" (1570s) developed from adverbial sense of "moreover, in addition," which was used before every article in a list (such as an inventory or bill).