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catalog

or cat·a·logue

[kat-l-awg, -og]
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noun
  1. a list or record, as of items for sale or courses at a university, systematically arranged and often including descriptive material: a stamp catalog.
  2. something that contains such a list or record, as a book, leaflet, or file.
  3. a list of the contents of a library or a group of libraries, arranged according to any of various systems.Compare card catalog, on-line catalog, union catalog.
  4. any list or record: a catalog of complaints.
verb (used with object), cat·a·loged or cat·a·logued, cat·a·log·ing or cat·a·logu·ing.
  1. to enter (items) in a catalog; make a catalog of.
verb (used without object), cat·a·loged or cat·a·logued, cat·a·log·ing or cat·a·logu·ing.
  1. to produce a catalog.
  2. to have a specified price as listed in a catalog: This model catalogs for $49.95.
  3. to offer merchandise in a mail-order catalog.
adjective
  1. of, relating to, or carrying on business through a mail-order catalog: catalog sales.

Origin of catalog

1425–75; late Middle English cataloge < Late Latin catalogus < Greek katálogos a register (akin to katalégein to count up), equivalent to kata- cata- + -logos reckoning
Related formscat·a·log·er, cat·a·logu·er, cat·a·log·ist, cat·a·logu·ist, nouncat·a·log·ic [kat-l-oj-ik] /ˌkæt lˈɒdʒ ɪk/, cat·a·log·i·cal, cat·a·lo·gis·tic [kat-l-oh-jis-tik] /ˌkæt l oʊˈdʒɪs tɪk/, adjectivemis·cat·a·log, mis·cat·a·logue, verb (used with object), mis·cat·a·loged or mis·cat·a·logued, mis·cat·a·log·ing or mis·cat·a·logu·ing.non·cat·a·log, non·cat·a·logue, adjectivere·cat·a·log, verb (used with object), re·cat·a·loged or re·cat·a·ogued, re·cat·a·log·ing or re·cat·a·logu·ing.

Synonyms

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1, 3. roster, register, record. See list1.
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Examples from the Web for catalogue

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Historical Examples

  • Once he got a catalogue from an installment house, and tried to hide it from her.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Simple as it appeared, the making of a catalogue took a long time.

  • No catalogue of American qualities and defects can exclude the trait of individualism.

  • Can any correspondent tell me where I can get a catalogue of birds' eggs?

  • A catalogue of engravers who have been born, or resided in England.


British Dictionary definitions for catalogue

catalogue

US catalog

noun
  1. a complete, usually alphabetical list of items, often with notes giving details
  2. a book, usually illustrated, containing details of items for sale, esp as used by mail-order companies
  3. a list of all the books or resources of a library
  4. US and Canadian a publication issued by a university, college, etc, listing courses offered, regulations, services, etc
  5. NZ a list of wool lots prepared for auction
verb -logues, -loguing or -logued or US -logs, -loging or -loged
  1. to compile a catalogue of (a library)
  2. to add (books, items, etc) to an existing catalogue
Derived Formscataloguer or cataloguist, noun

Word Origin

C15: from Late Latin catalogus, from Greek katalogos, from katalegein to list, from kata- completely + legein to collect
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for catalogue

n.

early 15c., from Old French catalogue "list, index" (14c.), and directly from Late Latin catalogus, from Greek katalogos "a list, register, enrollment" (e.g. the katalogos neon, the "catalogue of ships" in the "Iliad"), from kata "down; completely" (see cata-) + legein "to say, count" (see lecture (n.)).

v.

1590s, "to make a catalogue;" see catalogue (n.). From 1630s as "to enter into a catalogue." Related: Catalogued; cataloguing.

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