General English

Information & Library Science

  • abbreviation in Internet addresses, the top-level domain for Italy


  • acronym forinclusive tour
    (written as IT)

Origin & History of “it”

It (or hit, as it was in Old English) comes ultimately from the same prehistoric Germanic demonstrative stem form. *khi-, as produced he. The possessive form its is a comparatively recent development, dating from the end of the 16th century; until then, his was used for ‘its’.