Property vs Item - What's the difference?

property | item |

As nouns the difference between property and item

is that property is something that is owned while item is .

As a verb property

is (obsolete) to invest with properties, or qualities.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



Alternative forms

* propretie


  • Something that is owned.
  • *{{quote-book, year=1927, author= F. E. Penny
  • , chapter=4, title= Pulling the Strings , passage=A turban and loincloth soaked in blood had been found; also a staff. These properties were known to have belonged to a toddy drawer. He had disappeared.}}
  • A piece of real estate, such as a parcel of land.
  • Real estate; the business of selling houses.
  • The exclusive right of possessing, enjoying and disposing of a thing.
  • An attribute or abstract quality associated with an individual, object or concept.
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=July-August, author= Philip J. Bushnell
  • , magazine=(American Scientist), title= Solvents, Ethanol, Car Crashes & Tolerance , passage=Furthermore, this increase in risk is comparable to the risk of death from leukemia after long-term exposure to benzene, another solvent, which has the well-known property of causing this type of cancer.}}
  • An attribute or abstract quality which is characteristic of a class of objects.
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=July-August, author= Lee S. Langston, magazine=(American Scientist)
  • , title= The Adaptable Gas Turbine , passage=Turbines have been around for a long time—windmills and water wheels are early examples. The name comes from the Latin turbo'', meaning ''vortex , and thus the defining property of a turbine is that a fluid or gas turns the blades of a rotor, which is attached to a shaft that can perform useful work.}}
  • (label) An editable or read-only parameter associated with an application, component or class, or the value of such a parameter.
  • An object used in a dramatic production.
  • (label) Propriety; correctness.
  • (Camden)


    * (something owned) belongings, owndom, possession * (piece of real estate) land, parcel * (attribute or abstract quality of an object) attribute, feature, owndom * (object used in a dramatic production) prop * See also * See also

    Derived terms

    * abandoned property * accidental property * bound property * chemical property * country property * essential property * hot property * intellectual property * lost property * man of property * mechanical property * metaproperty * mislaid property * personal property * physical property * private property * prop * propertied * property file * property ladder * property law * property line * property man * property master * property owner * property porn * property rights * property tax * propertyless * public property * qualified property * real property


  • (obsolete) To invest with properties, or qualities.
  • (Shakespeare)
  • (obsolete) To make a property of; to appropriate.
  • * Shakespeare
  • They have here propertied me.






    (en noun)
  • A distinct physical object.
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-07-26, author= Nick Miroff
  • , volume=189, issue=7, page=32, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Mexico gets a taste for eating insects […] , passage=The San Juan market is Mexico City's most famous deli of exotic meats, where an adventurous shopper can hunt down hard-to-find critters […]. But the priciest items in the market aren't the armadillo steaks or even the bluefin tuna.}}
  • A line of text having a legal or other meaning; a separate particular in an account.
  • (label) A question on a test, which may include its answers.
  • A matter for discussion in an agenda.
  • (label) Two people who are having a relationship with each other.
  • * 2010 , (Justin Bieber) featuring (Ludacris), ''
  • Are we an item ? Girl, quit playin' / "We're just friends," what are you sayin'?
  • A short article in a newspaper.
  • (label) A hint; an innuendo.
  • * (Thomas Fuller) (1606-1661)
  • A secret item was given to some of the bishops to absent themselves.


    * (object) article, object, thing * (line of text having a legal or semantic meaning) * (matter for discussion) subject, topic * (two people who are having a relationship with each other) couple * (psychometrics) test/assessment question

    Derived terms

    * subitem * itemize * polarity item * negative polarity item * positive polarity item


    * emit, mite, time ----