Definition of census
1 : a count of the population and a property evaluation in early Rome
2 : a usually complete enumeration of a population; specifically : a periodic governmental enumeration of population According to the latest U.S census, 16% of the population is of Hispanic or Latino origin.
Examples of census in a Sentence
According to the latest census, the racial makeup of the town has changed dramatically in the last 50 years.
a thorough census of all the grizzly bears living within the national park
Origin and Etymology of census
borrowed from Latin cēnsus, from cēnsēre “to give as an opinion, assess, appraise, perform the duties of a censor” + -tus, suffix of verbal action — more at 1censor
First Known Use: 1634
CENSUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of census for English Language Learners
: the official process of counting the number of people in a country, city, or town and collecting information about them
CENSUS Defined for Kids
Definition of census for Students
: a count of the number of people in a country, city, or town
Legal Definition of census
: a usually complete count of a population (as of a state); especially : a periodic governmental count of a population that usually includes social and economic information (as occupations, ages, and incomes)
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