sub·​cat·​e·​go·​ry ˌsəb-ˈka-tə-ˌgȯr-ē How to pronounce subcategory (audio)
plural subcategories
: a category that is a subdivision of a larger category : a secondary category
grouping the books into the appropriate categories and subcategories
A new subcategory of vodkas, which provide a contrast to the "tasteless" aspect of this spirit, are the flavored vodkas …Alexis Bespaloff

Examples of subcategory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Those observations by scientists from the University of British Columbia Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries (IOF) are notable because deep-water-grazing orcas may represent a new subcategory of killer whales, according to another study in Aquatic Mammals. Paul Smaglik, Discover Magazine, 20 Mar. 2024 Tequila, technically a popular subcategory of mezcal, has seen an 180% increase in sales since 2002. Jordyn Noennig, Journal Sentinel, 2 Apr. 2024 There is an entire subcategory of office memoirs written by C.E.O.s and executives, but these tend to be understood as business books. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, 20 Jan. 2024 Amniotes are the subcategory of animals that encompasses reptiles, birds, and mammals, and the finding offers insight into a key moment in animal biology. Popular Science, 11 Jan. 2024 Within the United States, the relatively young iteration of regional Mexican music showed the swiftest expansion of any subcategory, with 60 percent growth driven by listeners on the West Coast and in the Southwest. Jazz Monroe, Pitchfork, 10 Jan. 2024 Media tracking company Parrot Analytics reports a 63% growth in the documentary genre between January 2018 and March 2021, with true crime being the largest subcategory of documentaries and the fastest growing. Mary Whitfill Roeloffs, Forbes, 28 Nov. 2023 By that metric, Bruno Schulz was a genius, albeit one belonging to that special subcategory known as the writer’s writer, the kind whose brilliance is most evident to his peers. Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, 18 Dec. 2023 The book also serves as a kind of leadership primer, a growing subcategory of presidential biography, and explains how Lincoln’s lessons were absorbed by later generations of presidents and policymakers. Washington Post, 15 Apr. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1842, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of subcategory was in 1842

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“Subcategory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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