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 The great vineyards of Burgundy have seemed to have the original, unofficial rights to such a descriptor although there is a new wine from a vineyard in the Rutherford Bench, in Napa Valley, that inspires such a word. Cathrine Todd, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 And despite his ominous descriptor of the season, Heughan promised that the storylines aren't all tragic. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, 3 Mar. 2022 But after that day, when Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine, that part of my identity became the most important descriptor. Catarina Buchatskiy, CNN, 12 Mar. 2022 The descriptor notes the car has the original 455ci V8 engine and the original 4-speed Muncie M-21 manual transmission. Staff Reports, The Arizona Republic, 28 Jan. 2022 One key focus of the movement has been the reclamation of the word ‘fat’ — in the attempt to return it to its rightful position as a descriptor rather than an insult. Rose Stokes,, 26 Dec. 2021 This is one of only 918 examples of Porsche's premiere hybrid hypercar produced, according to the descriptor. Staff Reports, The Arizona Republic, 30 Jan. 2022 The collective was never strictly bluegrass, or married to any rigid descriptor of it. Drew Fortune, SPIN, 25 Jan. 2022 Recent developments might humbly raise another descriptor for McCraven: beat historian. Hannah Edgar,, 3 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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Last Updated

21 May 2022

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“Descriptor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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