Simple Definition of category
: a group of people or things that are similar in some way
Full Definition of category
1 : any of several fundamental and distinct classes to which entities or concepts belong
2 : a division within a system of classification
Examples of category in a sentence
The cars belong to the same category.
Taxpayers fall into one of several categories.
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
Rhymes with category
a priori, allegory, amatory, auditory, bedtime story, cacciatore, castratory, con amore, cover story, crematory, damnatory, decretory, dilatory, dormitory, excretory, expletory, feudatory, fumitory, Göteborg, gustatory, gyratory, horror story, hortatory, hunky-dory, inventory, laudatory, lavatory, mandatory, migratory, minatory, monitory, Montessori, morning glory, nugatory, offertory, oratory, overstory, piscatory, precatory, predatory, prefatory, probatory, promissory, promontory, purgatory, repertory, Ruwenzori, signatory, statutory, sudatory, territory, transitory, understory, vibratory, vomitory, yakitori
CATEGORY Defined for Kids
Definition of category for Students
: a basic division or grouping of things <He competed in the junior category.>
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