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rubric

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noun ru·bric \ˈrü-brik, -ˌbrik\

Simple Definition of rubric

  • : 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

  1. 1 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

  2. 2 :  a heading of a part of a book or manuscript done or underlined in a color (as red) different from the rest

  3. 3 :  an established rule, tradition, or custom

  4. 4 :  a guide listing specific criteria for grading or scoring academic papers, projects, or tests

rubric or ru·bri·cal play \-bri-kəl\ adjective
ru·bri·cal·ly play \-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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