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[roo-bri-key-tid] /ˈru brɪˌkeɪ tɪd/
(in ancient manuscripts, early printed books, etc.) having titles, catchwords, etc., distinctively colored.
Origin of rubricated
First recorded in 1595-1605; rubricate + -ed2
Related forms
unrubricated, adjective


[roo-bri-keyt] /ˈru brɪˌkeɪt/
verb (used with object), rubricated, rubricating.
to mark or color with red.
to furnish with or regulate by rubrics.
1560-70; < Late Latin rūbrīcātus (past participle of rūbrīcāre to color red), equivalent to rūbrīc(a) red ocher (see rubric) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
rubrication, noun
rubricator, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for rubricated
Historical Examples
  • A 56-page illustrated pamphlet, untrimmed, rubricated cover.

    Trilbyana Joseph Benson Gilder & Jeannette Leonard Gilder
  • Cremer, Heinrich, copy of 42-line Bible rubricated by, 47 sq.

    Fine Books Alfred W. Pollard
  • At the head of the first page of the text of the book were three rubricated Arabic words.

    A Modern Aladdin Howard Pyle
  • The paper was to be of hand-made linen, from the Kelmscott Mills; the type black-letter, with rubricated initials.

  • There are no figures or illuminations, but the titles are rubricated in burnished gold or in colours.

  • Illuminated pages, rubricated headings, and fine illustrations were conspicuous by their absence.

  • Printed on the finest deckle edge paper and bound in the best silk finished cloth, with frontispiece and rubricated title page.

    The Wide, Wide World Susan Warner
  • The rubricated titles are of somewhat later date than the body of the text.

    The Letters of Cassiodorus Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)
British Dictionary definitions for rubricated


verb (transitive)
to print (a book or manuscript) with red titles, headings, etc
to mark in red
to supply with or regulate by rubrics
Derived Forms
rubrication, noun
rubricator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin rubricāre to colour red, from rubrīca red earth; see rubric
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