verb (used with object) Archaic.
Origin of item
Examples from the Web for item
The item on federal prisoners was disturbing in a different way.
“They are very friendly and curious,” The Evening Independent wrote in 1979 in an item emphasizing their popularity and cuteness.Lovable ‘Madagascar’ Penguins Are Known to Rape and Torture in Real Life|Asawin Suebsaeng|November 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He could surmise one item in keeping with young women of Somali heritage.
There is no blood on this shirt nor has this item been altered in any way.
This item is beyond poor taste and trivializes a loss of life that still hurts the Kent State community today.
Altogether, it was such an item as Tom had often longed to see, and the reading of it went to his head.A Court of Inquiry|Grace S. Richmond
Item, I give to my servant John Raby, for his diligence in my service and sickness twenty pounds.William Harvey|D'Arcy Powers
The pay of the navy is quite an item in the list of Government expenditures.
Item, That nane should enjoy office or benefice ecclesiasticall, except a Preast.The Works of John Knox, Vol. 1 (of 6)|John Knox
Suppose Chiffield to own a one-fourth interest only, and there you have the item of seventy-five thousand dollars more.Round the Block|John Bell Bouton
British Dictionary definitions for item
Word Origin for item
Word Origin and History for item
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).