SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun the diameter of something of circular section, especially that of the inside of a tube: a pipe of three-inch caliber. . Ordnance the diameter of the bore of a gun taken as a unit of measurement. degree of capacity or competence; ability: a mathematician of high caliber. degree of merit or excellence; quality: the high moral caliber of the era.
, especially British cal·i·bre. Origin of caliber 1560–70;
mold, last <
shoe last, equivalent to
combining form of
Related forms cal·i·bered; , especially British cal·i·bred, adjective
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Examples from the Web for calibre Contemporary Examples of calibre Historical Examples of calibre
It is such an enterprise as should please a ready swordsman of your
It is a relief to have an outsider of Hankey's
calibre on the spot.
He could well afford to be lenient to a rebel of his
Grandeur, even in infamy, is utterly inconsistent with the
calibre of the man.
All the same, I am not very sweet on love matches for men of Orange's
calibre. British Dictionary definitions for calibre noun the diameter of a cylindrical body, esp the internal diameter of a tube or the bore of a firearm the diameter of a shell or bullet ability; distinction a musician of high calibre personal character a man of high calibre Derived Forms calibred or US calibered, adjective Word Origin for calibre
C16: from Old French, from Italian
calibro, from Arabic qālib shoemaker's last, mould
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Word Origin and History for calibre n.
chiefly British English spelling of
caliber (q.v.); for spelling, see -re. n.
1560s, "degree of merit or importance," a figurative use from Middle French
calibre (late 15c.), apparently ultimately from Arabic qalib "a mold for casting." Arabic also used the word in the sense "mold for casting bullets," which is the oldest literal meaning in English. Meaning "inside diameter of a gun barrel" is attested from 1580s. Barnhart remarks that Spanish calibre, Italian calibro "appear too late to act as intermediate forms" between the Arabic word and the French.
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n. The diameter of the inside of a round cylinder, such as a tube.
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