- every one of two or more considered individually or one by one: each stone in a building; a hallway with a door at each end.
- every one individually; each one: Each had a different solution to the problem.
- to, from, or for each; apiece: They cost a dollar each.
Origin of each
It is also sometimes said that the pronoun each must always be referred to by a singular pronoun, but again actual usage does not regularly observe this stricture: Each member of our garden club had their own special interests. In the most formal speech and writing, singular verbs and pronouns occur more frequently than plural: Each member … had his own special interests. The use of plural forms, especially plural pronouns, has been increasing in the United States, partially because of the desire to avoid using he or his to refer to a female.
Anyone, anybody, everyone, everybody, no one, someone, and somebody follow the same general patterns of pronoun agreement as each. See also they.
Related Words for eachindividually, all, separately, respectively, one, any, exclusive, individual, particular, personal, respective, separate, several, single, specific, various, aside, every, per, singly
Examples from the Web for each
Contemporary Examples of each
With all that said, representation of each of these respective communities has increased in the new Congress.The Unbearable Whiteness of Congress
January 8, 2015
Each individual race involves an unusual collaboration between researchers, manufacturers, and public-health entities.The Race for the Ebola Vaccine
January 7, 2015
In Dresden, Germany, anti-Islam rallies each week draw thousands of demonstrators.Police Hunt for Paris Massacre Suspects
Tracy McNicoll, Christopher Dickey
January 7, 2015
Our fans have seen all our sketches, so we wanted to give them something a little deeper about each character.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness
January 7, 2015
And as a bonus, they send home more than $20 billion in remittances each year.Why Mexicans Are Enraged by Obama’s Big Tuesday Meeting
Ruben Navarrette Jr.
January 6, 2015
Historical Examples of each
A neutral was this good woman, and a well-wisher to each faction.
Each instinctively touched the other's arm, as a signal for silence.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
The boys possessed two uncles, one on each side of the house.
Throughout the dinner their entire absorption in each other was all but unbroken.
Dennet was astir early to see them off, and she had a little gift for each.
- every (one) of two or more considered individuallyeach day; each person
- (as pronoun)each gave according to his ability
- for, to, or from each one; apiecefour apples each
Word Origin for each
From a common West Germanic expression *aiwo galika (cf. Dutch elk, Old Frisian ellik, Old High German iogilih, German jeglich "each, every"). Originally used as we now use every (which is a compound of each) or all; modern use is by influence of Latin quisque. Modern spelling appeared late 1500s. Also cf. ilk, which.
In addition to the idioms beginning with each
- each and every one
- each other
- at each other's throats
- made for (each other)