category

noun
cat·​e·​go·​ry | \ ˈka-tə-ˌgȯr-ē \
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

Pushed back by a month as a result of the government shutdown, the report didn’t have any silver linings, with spending declines across nearly every category. Justin Lahart, WSJ, "Economic Growth Just Got Malled," 14 Feb. 2019 Then there are infections that fall into the airborne transmission category, like measles, tuberculosis, and chickenpox. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, "Here’s How Far Germs Spread Through Sneezing and Coughing," 13 Feb. 2019 There are so many categories (bags, jewelry, shoes...) and a months-long span to study how trends that first appeared on a runway develop. Julia Gall, Marie Claire, "5 Accessory Trends You'll See Everywhere This Year," 24 Jan. 2019 To go with the house party theme, Sephoria broke up the three floors and various rooms across categories. Lindsay Schallon, Glamour, "Inside Sephoria: Sephora's Fabulous, Glittery, Two-Day House Party," 22 Oct. 2018 As far as the rest of the sale goes, there are tons of other discounts happening across the site's home categories. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Overstock's Anniversary Sale Is Here, And It's Got Some Killer Fall Sales," 1 Oct. 2018 Los Angeles has a new category of criminality: scooting under the influence. Frank Miles, Fox News, "LA's newest category of crime: 1st conviction for 'scooting' under the influence," 28 Sep. 2018 In three categories, more than half the field are minorities. Lynn Elber, chicagotribune.com, "Emmy diversity gets a boost from Ricky Martin, Issa Rae," 13 July 2018 From there the 100 cities were ranked overall, and then across the four categories. Sarah Gray, Fortune, "These Are the 10 Worst Cities for Driving in 2018," 12 July 2018

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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 \
plural categories

Kids Definition of category

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

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