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


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


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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The plants have signs and tags with descriptions that include sizes, but these descriptions are subjective to the person writing the sign, tag, catalog, or book. Chris Mckeown, The Enquirer, 18 June 2022 The legislation would add 23 conditions related to burn pits and toxic exposure to the department's catalog of service presumptions, in which the department presumes that conditions were the result of a person's military service. Ryan Tarinelli, Arkansas Online, 17 June 2022 Everyone’s favorite uncle has built an impressive that includes a legendary music catalog, music, products and even a show with Martha Stewart. Essence, 6 June 2022 The concept pays homage to the ever-dissolving department store with its name, Late August, a reference to the company's iconic catalog, which was always released in late August. Megha Mcswain, Chron, 31 May 2022 In protest to Russia’s invasion of its neighbor, the band has also scrubbed all of their music released after 1987 — as well as the entirety of Gilmour’s solo catalog — from DSPs in both Russia and Belarus. Glenn Rowley, Billboard, 30 May 2022 Its physical condition was noted, and its details were checked against the Long Room’s catalog, written in 1872. Ed O'loughlin,, 28 May 2022 With its huge back-catalog of kids movies, Star Wars and Marvel content, and now Fox’s library, there’s something in Disney+’s library for everyone. Christian De Looper, BGR, 24 May 2022 The deal includes works from Manzanera’s catalog, which also includes songs by Pink Floyd, Tim Finn and Brian Eno, among others, plus future works. Thania Garcia, Variety, 18 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But small firms fear they will be forced to cough up heaps of information on their roles, however small, in emitting carbon because the SEC wants large public companies to catalog emissions in their entire supply chains. Richard Vanderford, WSJ, 22 June 2022 The ancient city is now resubmerged, but researchers were able to catalog much of the site. Megan Marples, CNN, 20 June 2022 Given that the collection will be included in the disposition, teams of art historians will need to catalog and prepare the pieces for their new owners. Jennifer Surane,, 16 Feb. 2022 Once all of the external, internal, structured and unstructured relevant data is collected, the key is to catalog and clear the data for governance. Anand Mahurkar, Forbes, 6 June 2022 For Phillips and Fletcher, there’s a custom yeast lab with a staff microbiologist and a brand historian to catalog the minutiae of its history of Jack. Kate Dingwall, Forbes, 18 May 2022 There’s just too much to catalog here and that’s on me. Lee Keeler, SPIN, 10 May 2022 Mentally catalog all the stages of bagging a great one. Outside Online, 16 Mar. 2021 There are signs that collectors may also differentiate between NFTs that catalog a vast set of cartoonlike characters—like the CryptoPunks—and tailored, NFT art projects spurred by major artists who already enjoy museum followings. Paul Vigna, WSJ, 3 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of catalog


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1598, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for catalog


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

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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


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

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