noun cat·e·go·ry \ˈka-tə-ˌgr-ē\

: a group of people or things that are similar in some way

plural cat·e·go·ries

Full Definition of CATEGORY

:  any of several fundamental and distinct classes to which entities or concepts belong
:  a division within a system of classification

Examples of CATEGORY

  1. The cars belong to the same category.
  2. Taxpayers fall into one of several categories.
  3. She competed for the award in her age category.

Origin of CATEGORY

Late Latin categoria, from Greek katēgoria predication, category, from katēgorein to accuse, affirm, predicate, from kata- + agora public assembly, from ageirein to gather
First Known Use: 1588
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noun cat·e·go·ry \ˈka-tə-ˌgr-ē\
plural cat·e·go·ries

Definition of CATEGORY for Kids

:  a basic division or grouping of things <He competed in the junior category.>


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