sub·​in·​dex ˌsəb-ˈin-ˌdeks How to pronounce subindex (audio)
: an index to a division of a main classification

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The employment subindex for October’s manufacturing PMI slipped to a five-month low of 48.3. Stella Yifan Xie, WSJ, 31 Oct. 2022 An earlier version of this article incorrectly said the subindex had gained 6% over that period. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, 14 Sep. 2022 Analysts polled by FactSet predict that a subindex of U.S. oil and gas exploration companies in the S&P 500 will beat last year’s bounty by an impressive 35%. Jinjoo Lee, WSJ, 18 Mar. 2022 ETFs typically are built based on what's included in a major index like the S&P 500 or a subindex like S&P 500 consumer staples. Elisabeth Buchwald, USA TODAY, 27 Nov. 2022 That somewhat uninspiring performance is still far better than the S&P 500, which has fallen 20.3% this year, and even its consumer staples subindex, which has declined 9.1%. Aaron Back, WSJ, 25 Oct. 2022 In July, the PMI subindex tracking export orders remained in contractionary territory for a 15th consecutive month. Cao Li, WSJ, 31 July 2022 The new orders subindex rose slightly while the output index remained flat at 49.8, likely reflecting the impact of widespread hydropower shortages. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, 31 Aug. 2022 Since 2014, there were on average three months a year when the E&P industry’s subindex slipped more than 5%, according to a Kimmeridge analysis. Jinjoo Lee, WSJ, 3 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1923, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of subindex was in 1923

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“Subindex.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2023.

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