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.

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Applegate and Cardellini were also nominated in the category in 2020. Jackie Strause, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Sep. 2022 This isn't the first year Kings Island has claimed the top spot in the category. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 23 Sep. 2022 The midsize category includes companies with 100-499 employees. The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 21 Sep. 2022 And last but not least, in a category all its own is challah. Anna Luisa Rodriguez, Washington Post, 21 Sep. 2022 Kelly Ripa is the only other host who has won three times in the category, and her wins weren’t consecutive. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 21 Sep. 2022 He was also nominated in the same category twice for best urban fusion/performance, best reggaeton performance and best urban song. Thania Garcia, Variety, 20 Sep. 2022 The category includes the construction of new homes, improvements to existing ones, brokers’ commissions on property sales, and equipment built into residential structures like heating and air-conditioning units. Harriet Torry, WSJ, 18 Sep. 2022 The food and beverage category includes cereals, meat and fish, eggs, milk products, fruits, vegetables, and spices, among others. Mimansa Verma, Quartz, 14 Sep. 2022 See More

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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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28 Sep 2022

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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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