Category Definition

kătĭ-gôrē
categories
noun
categories
A class or division in a scheme of classification.
Webster's New World
A general class of ideas, terms, or things that mark divisions or coordinations within a conceptual scheme, especially:
American Heritage
Any of the various basic concepts into which all knowledge can be classified.
Webster's New World
A property or structural unit of a language, such as a part of speech or a type of phrase.
American Heritage
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.
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Other Word Forms of Category

Noun

Singular:
category
Plural:
categories

Origin of Category

  • 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 cata– agoreuein ēgor- to speak in public (from agorā marketplace, assembly ger- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French categorie, from Late Latin categoria (“class of predicables”), from Ancient Greek κατηγορία (kategoria, “head of predicables”).

    From Wiktionary

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