caliber

noun
cal·​i·​ber | \ ˈka-lə-bər How to pronounce caliber (audio) , British also kə-ˈlē-\
variants: or calibre

Definition of caliber

1a : degree of mental capacity or moral quality teachers of high caliber
b : degree of excellence or importance the caliber of instruction
2a : the diameter of a bullet or other projectile
b : 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

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Synonyms for caliber

Synonyms

class, grade, quality, rate

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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

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Stars of this caliber might shy away from press in an effort to control their public narrative. Sonia Rao, Washington Post, "Madonna’s furious response to her New York Times profile raises questions about what stars expect from journalists," 8 June 2019 Musicians of this caliber are said to have achieved metaphorical immortality. David A. Graham, The Atlantic, "Dr. John’s Reverent Subversion of New Orleans Cliché," 7 June 2019 Stars of this caliber might shy away from press in an effort to control their public narrative. Sonia Rao, Houston Chronicle, "Madonna’s furious response to her New York Times profile raises questions about what stars expect from journalists," 7 June 2019 That a woman of this caliber, this fortitude, this integrity, and this intelligence might have a shot at becoming our leader. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "So, Kirsten Gillibrand and Connie Britton Have Quietly Been BFFs for Years," 5 Apr. 2019 Yes, Gonzaga has two NBA-caliber big men in Rui Hachimura and Brandon Clarke, along with the nation’s top-scoring offense and a coach who has taken the exact opposite career path as Beard. Eddie Pells, The Seattle Times, "Texas Tech’s coach spends life on edge, as an underdog," 29 Mar. 2019 Kenny admits he is not yet the caliber football player that Tyrone became in high school. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "Decatur Central's Kenny Tracy does not have to choose between basketball and football — yet," 9 July 2018 At the end of the day, Houston is still bringing back an All-NBA caliber guard who keeps the team in title contention. Rohan Nadkarni, SI.com, "Grades: Chris Paul Signs Massive Four-Year Max Deal to Return to Rockets," 1 July 2018 Based on the same wheelbase and component set as the 7 Series executive saloon, the 640xi GT has NBA-caliber front legroom (41.4 inches) and a lofty 38.5 inches of head room in the rear, even with the sloping roofline and panoramic sunroof. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2018 BMW 640xi GT: A High-Riding, Roomy Sedan That’s Fun to Drive," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of caliber

1588, in the meaning defined at sense 2b

History and Etymology for caliber

borrowed from Middle French calibre "internal diameter of a cylindrical object, displacement of a gun," borrowed (by uncertain mediation) from Arabic qālab, qālib "mold for casting metal, shoemaker's last," borrowed from Greek kalapod-, kalápous, kalópous "shoemaker's last," from kâla (plural) "wood, timber" (of uncertain origin) + -a- (perhaps after tetrápous "four-footed") or -o- -o- + poús "foot" — more at foot entry 1

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The first known use of caliber was in 1588

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caliber

noun

English Language Learners Definition of caliber

: level of excellence, skill, etc.
: a measurement of the width of a bullet or a gun barrel

caliber

noun
cal·​i·​ber
variants: or calibre \ ˈka-​lə-​bər \

Kids Definition of caliber

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

caliber

noun
cal·​i·​ber
variants: or chiefly British calibre \ ˈkal-​ə-​bər, British also kə-​ˈlē-​ \

Medical Definition of caliber

: the diameter of a round or cylindrical body especially : the internal diameter of a hollow cylinder

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