from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Something considered necessary or highly desirable: "The point is not that the artist has 'penetrated the character' of his sitter, that commonplace desideratum of portraiture” ( Robert Hughes).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Something that is wished for, or considered desirable.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Anything desired; that of which the lack is felt; a want generally felt and acknowledge.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Something desired or desirable; that which is lacking or required.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. something desired as a necessity
Latin dēsīderātum, from neuter past participle of dēsīderāre, to desire; see desire.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin past participle passive of desiderare ("to desire") (Wiktionary)