Thing vs Belongings - What's the difference?

thing | belongings |

As nouns the difference between thing and belongings

is that thing is (chiefly|historical) a public assembly or judicial council in a germanic country while belongings is ; possessions or personal items.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




(en noun)
  • That which is considered to exist as a separate entity, object, quality or concept.
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  • A word, symbol, sign, or other referent that can be used to refer to any entity.
  • An individual object or distinct entity.
  • (informal) Something that is normal or generally recognised.
  • (legal) Whatever can be owned.
  • The latest fad or fashion.
  • (in the plural) Clothes, possessions or equipment.
  • (informal) A unit or container, usually containing edible goods.
  • (informal) A problem, dilemma, or complicating factor.
  • (slang) A penis.
  • * 1959 , , (Naked Lunch) , 50th anniversary edition (2009), p. 126:
  • “Oh Gertie it’s true. It’s all true. They’ve got a horrid gash instead of a thrilling thing .”
  • A living being or creature.
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  • That which matters; the crux.
  • * 1914 , Eugene Gladstone O'Neill, The Movie Man] [playscript:
  • Don’t forget to have Gomez postpone that shooting thing . (in reference to the execution of Fernandez)
  • (chiefly, historical) A public assembly or judicial council in a Germanic country.
  • * 1974 , Jón Jóhannesson, A History of the Old Icelandic Commonwealth: Íslendinga Saga , translated by Haraldur Bessason, page 46:
  • In accordance with Old Germanic custom men came to the thing fully armed, [...]
  • * 1974', Jakob Benediktsson, ''Landnám og upphaf allsherjarríkis'', in ''Saga Íslands'', quoted in '''1988 by Jesse L. Byock in ''Medieval Iceland: Society, Sagas, and Power , page 85:
  • The goðar'' seem both to have received payment of ''thing-fararkaup from those who stayed home and at the same time compensated those who went to the thing , and it cannot be seen whether they had any profit from these transactions.
  • * 1988 , Jesse L. Byock, Medieval Iceland: Society, Sagas, and Power , page 59:
  • All Icelandic things were skap-thing , meaning that they were governed by established procedure and met at regular legally designated intevals at predetermined meeting places.


    * 1611 — (King James Version of the Bible), 1:1 *: Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us...


    * stuff (uncountable equivalent) * item * yoke (Ireland)

    Derived terms

    * anything * bright young thing * everything * here's the thing * nothing * see things * something * sweet young thing * swing of things * the thing is * thingal * thingamajig * thinger * thinghood * thingly * thingness * thingo * thingy *


    (en verb)
  • (rare) To express as a thing; to reify.
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  • ; possessions or personal items.
  • * You may leave your belongings in the cloakroom
  • Usage notes

    * Usually limited to tangible personal property, that is, excluding real estate and financial assets other than currency.


    * (personal items) personal effects * See also