- The definition of a category is any sort of division or class.
An example of category is food that is made from grains.
These belong in the grain category.
category definition by Webster's New World
- a class or division in a scheme of classification
- Logic any of the various basic concepts into which all knowledge can be classified
Origin: Late Latin categoria ; from Classical Greek katēgoria ; from katēgorein, to accuse, assert, predicate ; from kata-, down, against plush agoreuein, to declaim, address an assembly ; from agora, agora
category definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. cat·e·go·ries
- A specifically defined division in a system of classification; a class.
- A general class of ideas, terms, or things that mark divisions or coordinations within a conceptual scheme, especially:a. Aristotle's modes of objective being, such as quality, quantity, or relation, that are inherent in everything.b. Kant's modes of subjective understanding, such as singularity, universality, or particularity, that organize perceptions into knowledge.c. A basic logical type of philosophical conception in post-Kantian philosophy.
- Linguistics a. A classificatory structural unit or property of a language, such as a part of speech, verb phrase, or object.b. A specific grammatical defining property of a linguistic unit or class, such as number or gender in the noun and tense or voice in the verb.
Origin: French catégorie, from Old French, from Late Latin catēgoria, class of predicables, from Greek katēgoriā, accusation, charge, from katēgorein, to accuse, predicate : kat-, kata-, down, against; see cata- + agoreuein, ēgor-, to speak in public (from agorā, marketplace, assembly; see ger- in Indo-European roots).
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