(adjective) (used of count nouns) every one considered individually; “each person is mortal”; “each party is welcome”

each, to each one, for each one, from each one, apiece

(adverb) to or from every one of two or more (considered individually); “they received $10 each”

Source: WordNet® 3.1




All; every; qualifying a singular noun, indicating all examples of the thing so named seen as individual or separate items (compare every).

Usage notes

• (all, every): The phrase beginning with each identifies a set of items wherein the words following each identify the individual elements by their shared characteristics. The phrase is grammatically singular in number, so if the phrase is the subject of a sentence, its verb is conjugated into a third-person singular form. Similarly, any pronouns that refer to the noun phrase are singular


each (not comparable)

For one; apiece; per.



Every one; every thing.


each (plural eaches)

(operations, philosophy) An individual item: the least quantitative unit in a grouping.


• Aceh, Ache, Chae, Chea, HACE, ache, hace

Source: Wiktionary

Each, a. or a. pron. Etym: [OE. eche, ælc, elk, ilk, AS. ælc; a always + gelic like; akin to OD. ieg, OHG. , MHG. iegelich. Aye, Like, and cf. Either, Every, Ilk.]

1. Every one of the two or more individuals composing a number of objects, considered separately from the rest. It is used either with or without a following noun; as, each of you or each one of you. "Each of the combatants." Fielding.

Note: To each corresponds other. "Let each esteem other better than himself." Each other, used elliptically for each the other. It is our duty to assist each other; that is, it is our duty, each to assist the other, each being in the nominative and other in the objective case. It is a bad thing that men should hate each other; but it is far worse that they should contract the habit of cutting one another's throats without hatred. Macaulay. Let each His adamantine coat gird well. Milton. In each cheek appears a pretty dimple. Shak. Then draw we nearer day by day, Each to his brethren, all to God. Keble. The oak and the elm have each a distinct character. Gilpin.

2. Every; -- sometimes used interchangeably with every. Shak. I know each lane and every alley green. Milton. In short each man's happiness depends upon himself. Sterne.

Note: This use of each for every, though common in Scotland and in America, is now un-English. Fitzed. Hall.


– See Every.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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