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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Oh is a six-time Emmy nominee, but this year’s nomination marks her first time in the leading actress category for her title role Eve Polanski in the BBC America drama Killing Eve, created by Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Anna Millard, refinery29.com, "Ellen Pompeo’s Reaction To Sandra Oh’s Emmy Nom Has Grey’s Fans Celebrating," 14 July 2018 The shopping center was the ideal location for the restaurant because of the area’s limited competition in the Mexican food category, the owners said in a press release. Anna Muckerman, baltimoresun.com, "New restaurant Jose Tequilas Mexican Grill and Cantina coming to Owings Mills Square," 13 July 2018 In the comedy-series category, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel joined newcomers GLOW and Barry, Bill Hader and Alec Berg’s HBO series about a discontented hit man. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Emmy Nominations 2018: Netflix Takes Over," 12 July 2018 The company says its pilots have the best working conditions in the low-cost category, and that meeting the pilots’ demands would undermine the carrier’s business model. Brittany Shoot, Fortune, "Ryanair Pilots Strike, Causing Cancelations Just as Tourist Season Takes Off," 12 July 2018 Sandra Oh made history on Thursday, becoming the first Asian actor ever to receive an Emmy nomination in the best actress category. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Sandra Oh Makes History as the First Asian Woman to Be Nominated for a Best Actress Emmy," 12 July 2018 Each of the seven categories were weighted and data was taken from a variety of government and education sources to arrive at a score. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Here Are the Best (and Worst) States to Retire," 12 July 2018 Reports of domestic rape, which was historically one of the most underreported categories, were up 45%, Police Department’s Chief of Department Terence Monahan said. Katie Honan, WSJ, "New York City Murders on the Rise in 2018, NYPD Data Shows," 10 July 2018 But where tens of millions more went remains a mystery, beyond the broadest of categories given on the disclosure forms. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "Why Trump’s inauguration money is a major part of Mueller’s Russia investigation," 5 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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