descriptor

noun
de·​scrip·​tor | \ di-ˈskrip-tər How to pronounce descriptor (audio) \

Definition of descriptor

: 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 Perhaps an unmitigated disaster is too kind a descriptor. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "Instead Of Addressing The Florida Vaccine Disaster, Ron DeSantis Berated A Woman Journalist," 5 Jan. 2021 One way to push your point a bit might be to use their typical descriptor, and direct it back at them. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Parents always name-check race," 26 Dec. 2020 One way to push your point a bit might be to use their typical descriptor, and direct it back at them. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: Parents’ white privilege shows in descriptions of everyday interactions with others," 25 Dec. 2020 Dear Wondering: Your folks are revealing their underlying perception that White people exist as the norm, necessitating a qualifying descriptor for any non-White people who might cross their path. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Parents always name-check race," 26 Dec. 2020 Dear Wondering: Your folks are revealing their underlying perception that white people exist as the norm, necessitating a qualifying descriptor for any non-white people who might cross their path. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: Parents’ white privilege shows in descriptions of everyday interactions with others," 25 Dec. 2020 Wondering: Your folks are revealing their underlying perception that White people exist as the norm, necessitating a qualifying descriptor for any non-White people who might cross their path. Washington Post, "Ask Amy: Parents always name-check race," 25 Dec. 2020 Dear Wondering: Your folks are revealing their underlying perception that white people exist as the norm, necessitating a qualifying descriptor for any non-white people who might cross their path. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, "Ask Amy: Parents always name-check race," 25 Dec. 2020 In our experience, though, the tasting staff at Artesa is a lot more pleasant than the sommelier depicted here, who shoots down every tasting note descriptor that Dratch’s character offers about the wine. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "How to tour Napa Valley like ‘Wine Country’ actors Amy Poehler and Rachel Dratch," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of descriptor

1946, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for descriptor

see describe

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The first known use of descriptor was in 1946

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21 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Descriptor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/descriptor. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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