# Adding symbol before some labels in description

I want to do something similar to this question, but with a description environment. That is, I want to add an asterisk (or something) before the label text of some of the items in a description environment. As in the accepted answer on that question (among others), I want the labels to be vertically aligned with each other, and the asterisks to appear farther left, which is why I don't just write \item[*label text] on the special items.

I'm already using enumitem if that's helpful.

• \newcommand{\lstar}{\llap{*}} and then \item[\lstar label text]. – Sergei Golovan Dec 20 '17 at 15:22
• @SergeiGolovan That's perfect, thanks. I'd happily accept that if you made it an answer. – Mark Meckes Dec 20 '17 at 15:38

You could add something with zero length to the label text. One possibility is to define

\newcommand{\lstar}{\llap{*}}


and then use it

\item[\lstar label text] item content


If \llap seems to be too PlainTeX, you can use

\newcommand{\lstar}{\makebox[0pt][r]{*}}