English - Determiner
All of a countable group, without exception.
1893, Walter Besant, The Ivory Gate, chapterIII:
- At half-past nine on this Saturday evening, the parlour of the Salutation Inn, High Holborn, contained most of its customary visitors. […] In former days every tavern of repute kept such a room for its own select circle, a club, or society, of habitués, who met every evening, for a pipe and a cheerful glass.
- 1893, Walter Besant, The Ivory Gate, chapterIII:
- Used with ordinal numbers to denote those items whose position is divisible by the corresponding cardinal number, or a portion of equal size to that set.
English - Alternative Forms
- ev’ry (poetic)
- euery (obsolete)
English - Pronunciation
English - Etymology
From Middle English every, everich, which is made up of Old English ǣfre (“ever”) + ǣlċ (“each”): thus equivalent to ever + each. Furthermore, ǣfre itself comes from ā in fēore ("ever in life"), and ǣlċ from ā ġelīċ ("ever alike").