catalog

noun
cat·​a·​log | \ ˈka-tə-ˌlȯg How to pronounce catalog (audio) , -ˌläg \
variants: or catalogue

Definition of catalog

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : list, register a catalog of the band's songs
2a : a complete enumeration of items arranged systematically with descriptive details a catalog of the company's products
b : a pamphlet or book that contains such a list a mail-order catalog a university catalog
c : material in such a list

catalog

verb
variants: or catalogue
cataloged or catalogued; cataloging or cataloguing

Definition of catalog (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to make a catalog of catalog a collection of books
2a : to enter in a catalog
b : to classify (something, such as books or information) descriptively Scientific monographs are cataloged into a database that will be available to researchers.

intransitive verb

1 : to make or work on a catalog
2 : to become listed in a catalog at a specified price this stamp catalogs at $2

Other Words from catalog

Verb

cataloger or cataloguer noun

Examples of catalog in a Sentence

Noun The band played many songs from their catalog of hits. a catalog of music album titles Verb They use the computer to catalog books. The chart catalogs the results of each test.
See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The project is the first to go since Netflix acquired the Roald Dahl Story Company in fall 2021 in a blockbuster deal that gave the streamer rights to the author’s entire catalog. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Jan. 2022 Singer Terry Mike Jeffrey and his band will join members of the MSO for a musical salute touching on all the various corners of Elvis' catalog and career. Bob Mehr, USA TODAY, 6 Jan. 2022 There isn’t one particular song that the audience seems to be waiting for during the show because the group’s catalog is so strong, Grady indicated. Myrna Petlicki, chicagotribune.com, 5 Jan. 2022 Warner Chappell Music has bought the music-publishing rights to David Bowie’s music catalog from the singer’s estate. Talal Ansari, WSJ, 4 Jan. 2022 David Bowie's music publishing catalog has been acquired in a massive deal with Warner Music Group, six years after the famed musician's death. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, 4 Jan. 2022 Back in August, Billboard broke the news that Hankerson, along with EMPIRE Records, would finally be releasing Aaliyah’s back catalog to streaming services. Glenn Rowley, Billboard, 4 Jan. 2022 In November, the Financial Times reported that Warner Music Group was in talks to purchase Bowie’s songwriting catalog. Marisa Dellatto, Forbes, 3 Jan. 2022 The deal will bring nearly all of the Thin White Duke’s catalog under the Warner umbrella. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 3 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The team at the state Department of Historical Resources will catalog the artifacts and expects to have more details on their makeup and their possible origins in a few days. NBC News, 23 Dec. 2021 The team at the state Department of Historical Resources will catalog the artifacts and expects to have more details on their makeup and their possible origins in a few days. CBS News, 22 Dec. 2021 Prosecutors entered many of the photos as exhibits Tuesday during the testimony of a Federal Bureau of Investigation analyst who helped catalog the photos. James Fanelli, WSJ, 8 Dec. 2021 Once in hand, the library would sort and catalog the materials for public access. Joan Biskupic, CNN, 23 Nov. 2021 Danny Murillo, who is leading the effort to retrieve possessions, said his team has developed a meticulous process to catalog the items and store them respectfully. NBC News, 13 July 2021 The library function is improved and enables photographers to catalog and refine their photos as well as applying changes to image quality, white balance, color and noise levels. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 20 Oct. 2021 Austin: The city’s school district is defying a request from a Republican state lawmaker for select school districts to investigate and catalog library and classroom books related to race, gender identity or sexuality. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 21 July 2021 Ehrman-Solberg put together a suite of digital tools that enabled researchers and more than 6,000 volunteers to catalog and plot the racial covenants. Chris Serres, Star Tribune, 17 June 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'catalog.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of catalog

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1598, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for catalog

Noun

Middle English cathaloge, cateloge, from Middle French catalogue, from Late Latin catalogus, from Greek katalogos, from katalegein to list, enumerate, from kata- + legein to gather, speak — more at legend

Learn More About catalog

Time Traveler for catalog

Time Traveler

The first known use of catalog was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near catalog

catalo

catalog

catalogic

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for catalog

Last Updated

11 Jan 2022

Cite this Entry

“Catalog.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/catalog. Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for catalog

catalog

noun

English Language Learners Definition of catalog

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a book containing a list of things that you can buy, use, etc., and often pictures
: a group of similar or related things

catalog

verb

English Language Learners Definition of catalog (Entry 2 of 2)

: to list or describe (something) in an organized way

catalog

noun
cat·​a·​log
variants: or catalogue \ ˈka-​tə-​ˌlȯg \

Kids Definition of catalog

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a book containing brief descriptions of things that can be purchased or signed up for a garden supply catalog a college course catalogue
2 : a list of names, titles, or articles arranged by some system

catalog

verb
variants: or catalogue
cataloged or catalogued; cataloging or cataloguing

Kids Definition of catalog (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to make a catalog of
2 : to enter in a catalog

Other Words from catalog

cataloger or cataloguer noun

More from Merriam-Webster on catalog

Nglish: Translation of catalog for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of catalog for Arabic Speakers

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Spelling Words Quiz

  • alphabet pasta spelling help
  • Which is the correct spelling?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!