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noun,plural dit·tos.
  1. the aforesaid; the above; the same (used in accounts, lists, etc., to avoid repetition). Abbreviation: do. Symbol:″.: Compare ditto mark.

  2. another of the same.

  1. Informal. a duplicate; copy.

  1. as already stated; likewise.

verb (used with object),dit·toed, dit·to·ing.
  1. to duplicate or repeat the action or statement of (another person).

  2. to make a copy of, as by using a Ditto machine.

Origin of ditto

First recorded in 1615–25; from Italian, variant of detto “said,” from Latin dictus, past participle of dīcere “to say”; see dictum

Words Nearby ditto

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How to use ditto in a sentence

  • The northern aisle is occupied below with free seats; and above, in a gallery, with ditto.

  • For a week past, the house had been tolerably well filled—ditto Mrs. Sutton's hands; ditto her great, heart.

    At Last | Marion Harland
  • Sam has been got out of the way by a cooked-up story, ditto your manager.

  • And now a cold little hand was stretched out from the left bed towards her, and a cold little hand from the right bed did ditto.

    Betty Vivian | L. T. Meade
  • Lot 176—Frock coat and vest, dress coat and vest, ditto, pair of trousers and opera hat.

    Happy Days | Alan Alexander Milne

British Dictionary definitions for ditto


/ (ˈdɪtəʊ) /

nounplural -tos
  1. the aforementioned; the above; the same. Used in accounts, lists, etc, to avoid repetition and symbolized by two small marks (ˌ) known as ditto marks, placed under the thing repeated: Abbreviation: do

  2. informal

    • a duplicate

    • (as modifier): a ditto copy

  1. in the same way

sentence substitute
  1. informal used to avoid repeating or to confirm agreement with an immediately preceding sentence

verb-tos, -toing or -toed
  1. (tr) to copy; repeat

Origin of ditto

C17: from Italian (Tuscan dialect), variant of detto said, from dicere to say, from Latin

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