Definition of calibre noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (especially US English caliber) noun
    BrE BrE//ˈkælɪbə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkælɪbər//
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  1. 1[uncountable] the quality of something, especially a person’s ability synonym standard He was impressed by the high calibre of applicants for the job. The firm needs more people of your calibre.
  2. 2[countable] the width of the inside of a tube or gun; the width of a bullet a .22 calibre bullet a high calibre weapon
  3. Word Originmid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘social standing or importance’): from French, from Italian calibro, perhaps from Arabic qālib ‘mould’, based on Greek kalapous ‘shoemaker's last’.Extra examples The company needs more people of your calibre.