- 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 eacherindividually, all, separately, respectively, one, any, exclusive, individual, particular, personal, respective, separate, several, single, specific, various, aside, every, per, singly
- 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)