criterion[krī tir′ē ən]
- The definition of criterion is the standard by which something is judged or assessed.
An example of a criterion is the set of guidelines for a thesis which is used to determine whether your thesis was good or bad.
nounpl. cri·te·ri·a or cri·te·ri·ons
Origin of criterionGreek kritērion, from kritēs, judge, from krīnein, to separate, judge; see krei- in Indo-European roots.
- The plural form criterions also exists, but is much less common.
- The form criteria is sometimes used as a nonstandard singular form (as in a criteria, this criteria, and so on), with corresponding plural form criterias. In this use, it sometimes means “a single criterion”, sometimes “a set of criteria”.
From New Latin criterion, from Ancient Greek κριτήριον (kriterion, “a test, a means of judging”), from κριτής (krites, “a judge”), from κρίνω (krinō, “I judge”); see critic.