noun ru·bric \ˈrü-brik, -ˌbrik\

: a name or heading under which something is classified

: an explanation or a set of instructions at the beginning of a book, a test, etc.

Full Definition of RUBRIC

a :  an authoritative rule; especially :  a rule for conduct of a liturgical service
b (1) :  name, title; specifically :  the title of a statute
(2) :  something under which a thing is classed :  category <the sensations falling under the general rubric, “pressure” — F. A. Geldard>
c :  an explanatory or introductory commentary :  gloss; specifically :  an editorial interpolation
:  a heading of a part of a book or manuscript done or underlined in a color (as red) different from the rest
:  an established rule, tradition, or custom
:  a guide listing specific criteria for grading or scoring academic papers, projects, or tests
rubric or ru·bri·cal \-bri-kəl\ adjective
ru·bri·cal·ly \-bri-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of RUBRIC

  1. <the rubrics at the beginning of the chapters are intended to be humorous>
  2. <the rubric, popular among jewelers anyway, that a man should spend a month's salary on his fiancée's engagement ring>

Origin of RUBRIC

Middle English rubrike red ocher, heading in red letters of part of a book, from Anglo-French, from Latin rubrica, from rubr-, ruber red
First Known Use: 14th century


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