category

noun
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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The Covergirl Full Spectrum Cream Lipstick in Seduce Scarlet is our winner in that category this year. Allure, "The 18 Best Lip Products of 2019," 16 Sep. 2019 Items from each of those categories have been divided among sites in New York City; Savannah, Ga.; and New Braunfels. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Anthony Bourdain’s estate getting auctioned; preview in New Braunfels," 16 Sep. 2019 Their farcical plots indicated the former, but the witty repartee of His Girl Friday and Bringing Up Baby seemed to earn them inclusion in the latter category. Adam Wilson, Harper's magazine, "Good Bad Bad Good," 16 Sep. 2019 But Carpool Karaoke: When Corden Met McCartney Live From Liverpool proved victorious in another category -- and one that Springsteen was competing in as well. Hilary Hughes, Billboard, "'Springsteen On Broadway' Wins Outstanding Directing Creative Emmy, Narrowly Misses EGOT," 15 Sep. 2019 The winds in Cincinnati the week of Sept. 14, 2008, were just 1 mph shy of a category 1 hurricane; 68 mph stronger than today's easy breeze. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "Do you remember? Hurricane Ike remnants arrived in Cincinnati 11 years ago today," 14 Sep. 2019 Only one Connecticut school made the top 100 in that category — the University of St. Joseph came in 96th. Mikala Kane, courant.com, "Good news this week: Two breweries are partnering to help hurricane victims, and a former Husky is the WNBA rookie of the year," 13 Sep. 2019 Though its low prices might seem to put it in the same category as struggling fast-fashion labels like Forever 21, which is rumored to be preparing a bankruptcy filing, Old Navy operates a fundamentally different business. Marc Bain, Quartzy, "As apparel retail tanks, Old Navy announces plans for 800 new stores," 13 Sep. 2019 In the coming decade, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has predicted, the fastest-shrinking job categories will be those that are midskilled, and the fastest-growing will all be either low- or super-skilled. Sarah Leonard, The New Republic, "The Fall of the Meritocracy," 5 Sep. 2019

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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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category

noun

English Language Learners Definition of category

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

category

noun
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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