Definition of caliber
1a : degree of mental capacity or moral quality teachers of high caliberb : degree of excellence or importance the caliber of instruction
2a : the diameter of a bullet or other projectileb : the diameter of a bore of a gun usually expressed in hundredths or thousandths of an inch and typically written as a decimal fraction .32 caliber
3 : the diameter of a round or cylindrical body; especially : the internal diameter of a hollow cylinder
Examples of caliber in a sentence
I was impressed by the high caliber of the team's work.
musicians of the highest caliber perform at that concert hall
Origin and Etymology of caliber
Medieval French calibre, from Old Italian calibro, from Arabic qālib shoemaker's last
First Known Use: 1588
CALIBER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of caliber for English Language Learners
: level of excellence, skill, etc.
: a measurement of the width of a bullet or a gun barrel
CALIBER Defined for Kids
Definition of caliber for Students
1 : level of excellence, skill, or importance She is a writer of the highest caliber.
2 : the diameter of a bullet or of the hole in the barrel of a gun
calibre\ˈkal-ə-bər, British also kə-ˈlē-\play
Medical Definition of caliber
: the diameter of a round or cylindrical body; especially : the internal diameter of a hollow cylinder
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