cat·​e·​go·​ry | \ ˈka-tə-ˌgȯr-ē How to pronounce category (audio) \
plural categories

Definition of category

1 : any of several fundamental and distinct classes to which entities or concepts belong Taxpayers fall into one of several categories.
2 : a division within a system of classification She competed for the award in her age category.

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Examples of category in a Sentence

The cars belong to the same category. Taxpayers fall into one of several categories. She competed for the award in her age category.
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Recent Examples on the Web Under the old framework, counties in that category had to suspend or severely limit indoor operations across a wide swath of business sectors. Los Angeles Times, 26 July 2021 Arkansas ranks 49th in the percentage of its population that's fully vaccinated, with 35.7% of the population in that category. Rachel Herzog, Arkansas Online, 25 July 2021 The Commerce Department will release what measures in that category will qualify next March. Star Tribune, 17 July 2021 The record of the year win was Mars’ second in that category. Paul Grein, Billboard, 16 July 2021 Basketball stars are often judged for their scoring ability, and Antetokounmpo is among the best in the league in that category. New York Times, 15 July 2021 In the race for best comedy series, streaming shows claimed seven out of the eight nomination slots, up from three nominations in that category last year. John Jurgensen, WSJ, 13 July 2021 Mayer did his best this year to put himself in that category. John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 July 2021 Long stick midfielder Andre Duroseau scooped up a team-high 32 groundballs, with Brown (20), Jenkins (17) and Jack VanTine (16) not far behind in that category. Jacob Calvin Meyer,, 6 July 2021

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First Known Use of category

1588, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for category

Late Latin categoria, from Greek katēgoria predication, category, from katēgorein to accuse, affirm, predicate, from kata- + agora public assembly, from ageirein to gather

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The first known use of category was in 1588

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30 Jul 2021

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English Language Learners Definition of category

: a group of people or things that are similar in some way


cat·​e·​go·​ry | \ ˈka-tə-ˌgȯr-ē How to pronounce category (audio) \
plural categories

Kids Definition of category

: a basic division or grouping of things He competed in the junior category.

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