## Definition list in LaTeX

Posted: 14th June 2011 by Tim in LaTeX
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If you want to include a glossary, definitions or some other descriptive list in your LaTeX document, you can make use of the description list type. This is a lot like the other list types except that \item can take an argument, the item name’, in square brackets (ie: \item[Tim Murphy] Author of http://timmurphy.org). In the default style, this will print the item name in bold with the description to the right. But this can easily be made prettier with styling.

So, for example:

\begin{description}     \item[IRR] Internal Rate of Return     \item[NPV] Net Present Value     \item[PPP] Purchasing Power Parity \end{description}`

Would look something like:

IRR Internal Rate of Return
NPV Net Present Value

1. Will says:

Thanks! Nice blog. Looks like we like some of the same stuff.