cat·​e·​go·​ry ˈka-tə-ˌgȯr-ē How to pronounce category (audio)
plural categories
: any of several fundamental and distinct classes to which entities or concepts belong
Taxpayers fall into one of several categories.
: 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 Mena, an urban pop star, won best artist in the Spain category at the LOS40 Music Awards 2023. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 Apr. 2024 The limited series category requires a minimum of 80 entrants to reach the threshold of six nominees, and more than 240 submissions to yield eight nominees. Clayton Davis, Variety, 5 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for category 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1588, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of category was in 1588

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“Category.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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cat·​e·​go·​ry ˈkat-ə-ˌgōr-ē How to pronounce category (audio)
plural categories
: one of the divisions or groupings used in a system of classification
"species" and "genus" are biological categories

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