de·​scrip·​tor di-ˈskrip-tər How to pronounce descriptor (audio)
: something (such as a word or characteristic feature) that serves to describe or identify
especially : a word or phrase (such as an index term) used to identify an item (such as a subject or document) in an information retrieval system

Examples of descriptor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Its down-coast neighbor Beaufort, however, is more than deserving of the descriptor. Tara Massouleh McCay, Southern Living, 29 June 2024 In one study, subjects were shown images of the same person with different personality descriptors. Sable Yong, TIME, 28 June 2024 Both descriptors are ludicrous, but the glamorization of violence is more dangerous. New York Daily News Editorial Board, New York Daily News, 11 June 2024 Statements from Kennedy’s campaign and on his website have depicted Kennedy’s ballot effort using various descriptors. Meryl Kornfield, Washington Post, 18 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for descriptor 

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Word History


see describe

First Known Use

1946, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of descriptor was in 1946

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“Descriptor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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