i·tem / ˈītəm/ • n. an individual article or unit, esp. one that is part of a list, collection, or set: the items on the agenda an item of clothing. ∎ a piece of news or information. ∎ an entry in an account. • adv. archaic used to introduce each item in a list: item two statute books … item two drums. PHRASES: be an item inf. (of a couple) be involved in an established romantic or sexual relationship.