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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Recent Examples on the Web One of the most intimidating parts of this category is identifying tasting notes. Francesca Fontana, WSJ, "Tasting Bourbon for a Living Is No Party," 17 Jan. 2020 Although Uncut Gems generated plenty of Oscars buzz for the comedian, 53, this week Sandler was left out of the Best Actor category . Maria Pasquini,, "Watch Adam Sandler Play a Times Square Street Performer in Short Film from Uncut Gems Directors," 17 Jan. 2020 Parasite is the first foreign language film in 21 years to be nominated in the best cast category. Katherine Schaffstall, The Hollywood Reporter, "Hollywood Reporter's Guide to the 2020 SAG Awards," 17 Jan. 2020 Yelp identified businesses in the yoga category, then ranked those spots using a number of factors including the total volume and ratings of reviews. cleveland, "Namaste: Ranking Cleveland’s Top 49 yoga studios according to Yelp," 16 Jan. 2020 But one of the most fascinating aspects of the category is that films that might not have otherwise been considered Oscar-worthy received special recognition. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Who Will Win Best Hair and Makeup at the Oscars 2020? The Past Has Some Clues," 15 Jan. 2020 Harriet star Cynthia Erivo was notably the only person of color nominated in an acting category for the 2020 Oscars. Paula Rogo, Essence, "Stephen King Criticized For Comments On Oscar Diversity," 15 Jan. 2020 While researchers have studied the intersection of health and climate change before, the focus has been on chronic and infectious diseases; in the latter category, malaria is considered an especially serious threat. Mélissa Godin, Time, "Injuries and Deaths Could Rise with Climate Change in the U.S., a New Study Finds," 15 Jan. 2020 Its co-founders, Wes Schroll and Tyler Kennedy, made the 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 list in the consumer technology category. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin companies raised over $200 million in venture capital last year. These are the 10 biggest deals.," 14 Jan. 2020

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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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21 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Category.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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How to pronounce category (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of category

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


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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