The definition of a rubric is the use of red lettering to highlight something on a page, or a standard for grading or scoring knowledge or performance.noun
- An example of rubric is decorative lettering and red chapter headings and initial letters in religious books printed in the 15th century.
- An example of a rubric is a specific scoring tool to grade a student's progress based on the learning objectives for the student.
- in early books and manuscripts, a chapter heading, initial letter, specific sentence, etc. printed or written in red, decorative lettering, etc.
- any heading, title, etc., as of a chapter or section
- a direction, as in a prayer book, for conducting religious services
- an explanatory comment, or gloss
- the title or a heading of a law
- an established custom or rule of procedure
Origin: ME rubryke < MFr rubriche < L rubrica, red ocher, hence title (esp. of a law) written in red, rubric < ruber, red
- inscribed in red
- Archaic red or reddish
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- a. A class or category: “This mission is sometimes discussed under the rubric of ‘horizontal escalation’ . . . from conventional to nuclear war” (Jack Beatty).b. A title; a name.
- A part of a manuscript or book, such as a title, heading, or initial letter, that appears in decorative red lettering or is otherwise distinguished from the rest of the text.
- A title or heading of a statute or chapter in a code of law.
- Ecclesiastical A direction in a missal, hymnal, or other liturgical book.
- An authoritative rule or direction.
- A short commentary or explanation covering a broad subject.
- Red ocher.
- Red or reddish.
- Written in red.
Origin: Middle English rubrike, heading, title, from Old French rubrique, from Latin rubrīca, red chalk , from ruber, rubr-, red; see reudh- in Indo-European roots.
- ruˈbri·cal adjective