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n. pl. dit·tos
1. The same as stated above or before.
2. A duplicate; a copy.
3. A pair of small marks ( " ) used to indicate that the word, phrase, or figure given above is to be repeated.
tr.v. dit·toed, dit·to·ing, dit·tos
To duplicate (a document, for example).
[Italian dialectal, past participle of Italian dire, to say, from Latin dīcere; see deik- in Indo-European roots.]
Word History: Ditto originally comes from the Latin word dictus, "having been said," the past participle of the verb dīcere, "to say." In Italian dīcere became dire and dictus became detto, or in the Tuscan dialect ditto. Italian detto or ditto meant what said does in legal English, as in "said property." Thus the word could be used in certain constructions to mean "the same as what has been said"; for example, having given the date December 22, one could use 26 detto or ditto for 26 December. The first recorded use of ditto in English occurs in such a construction in 1625.
n, pl -tos
1. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) the aforementioned; the above; the same. Used in accounts, lists, etc, to avoid repetition and symbolized by two small marks (〃) known as ditto marks, placed under the thing repeated. Abbreviation: do
a. a duplicate
b. (as modifier): a ditto copy.
in the same way
informal used to avoid repeating or to confirm agreement with an immediately preceding sentence
vb, -tos, -toing or -toed
(tr) to copy; repeat
[C17: from Italian (Tuscan dialect), variant of detto said, from dicere to say, from Latin]
n., pl. -tos,
1. the aforesaid; the above; the same (used in accounts, lists, etc., to avoid repetition). Compare ditto mark.
2. another of the same.
3. Informal. a duplicate; copy.adv.
4. as already stated; likewise.v.t.
5. to make a copy of on a duplicating machine.
6. to duplicate or repeat the action or statement of (another).
[1615–25; < Italian, variant of detto < Latin dictus said, past participle of dīcere to say; see dictum]
Past participle: dittoed
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|Noun||1.||ditto - a mark used to indicate the word above it should be repeated|
mark - a written or printed symbol (as for punctuation); "his answer was just a punctuation mark"
|Verb||1.||ditto - repeat an action or statement; "The next speaker dittoed her argument"|