[dih-sid-uh-rey-tuh m, -rah-, -zid-]

noun, plural de·sid·er·a·ta [dih-sid-uh-rey-tuh, -rah-, -zid-] /dɪˌsɪd əˈreɪ tə, -ˈrɑ-, -ˌzɪd-/.

something wanted or needed.

Nearby words

  1. desiccation,
  2. desiccator,
  3. desiderata,
  4. desiderate,
  5. desiderative,
  6. desiderium,
  7. design,
  8. designate,
  9. designated,
  10. designated driver

Origin of desideratum

1645–55; < Latin, noun use of neuter past participle of dēsīderāre; see desiderate


[dih-sid-uh-rey-tuh, -rah-, -zid-]

plural noun, singular de·sid·er·a·tum.

things wanted or needed; the plural of desideratum: “Happily-ever-after” and “eternal love” appear to be the desiderata of the current generation; to whom “fat chance” say those of us who are older, wiser, and more curmudgeonly. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for desideratum


noun plural -ta (-tə)

something lacked and wanted

Word Origin for desideratum

C17: from Latin; see desiderate



the plural of desideratum
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