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



BrE BrE//ˈkætəɡəri//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkætəɡɔːri//
(pl. categories)
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a group of people or things with particular features in common synonym class Students over 25 fall into a different category. The results can be divided into three main categories. Word Originlate Middle English (in the philosophical sense): from French catégorie or late Latin categoria, from Greek katēgoria ‘statement, accusation’, from katēgoros ‘accuser’.Extra examples Flutes form a separate category of wind instruments. He competed in the youngest age category. Intravenous drug users are in a high-risk category for hepatitis C. Most of his ratings were in the highest category. The cities investigated fell into two broad categories. There’s a separate category for children. We have created a special category for part-time workers. a higher category of prison categories based on ethnic origin the highest category of sexual assault It is not useful to divide schoolchildren into separate categories. Students over 25 are included in a different category. There are two main categories of homicide according to the law. This case does not come within any of our established categories. We cannot exclude whole categories of people from the legislation. What subject category do the documents belong to?
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: category