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/ (ˈkætəˌlɒɡ) /
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verb -logues, -loguing or -logued or US -logs, -loging or -loged
to compile a catalogue of (a library)
to add (books, items, etc) to an existing catalogue
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Derived forms of catalogue

cataloguer or cataloguist, noun

Word Origin for catalogue

C15: from Late Latin catalogus, from Greek katalogos, from katalegein to list, from kata- completely + legein to collect
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What does catalogue mean?

A catalogue is a list or record of items. It is sometimes spelled catalog, which is often the preferred spelling in the U.S.

It commonly refers to a list of things being offered, such as items for sale or courses at a school. The point of such a catalogue is typically to arrange the information in an orderly way—often with descriptions—so that the items can be easily found.

The word often refers to a printed copy of the list, especially in the context of items available for purchase from a particular company.

Catalogue can also be used to refer to a collection of works, such as by a particular artist, as in I love every album in her catalogue.

A card catalogue is a file containing information about the books and other materials held in a library. Card catalogs were once commonly physical cabinets of drawers containing cards but now often exist online.

Sometimes, catalogue is used in a very general way as another way of saying list, as in a catalogue of complaints.

Catalogue can also be used as a verb meaning to record items with a list, as in Please catalogue all of the new titles.

Example: The course catalogue lists all of the classes that are available to take.

Where does catalogue come from?

The first records of the word catalogue come from the 1400s. It comes from the Greek katálogos, meaning “a register,” from the verb katalégein, meaning “to list” or “to count up.”

Register can be used as a synonym of catalogue, as can inventory and index. Perhaps the most general synonym of catalogue is list. The kind of catalogue that you can order products from and comes in the form of a printed booklet is still somewhat common, despite the popularity of online shopping.

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What are some other forms related to catalogue?

  • catalog (alternate spelling)
  • cataloguer (noun)
  • miscatalogue (verb)
  • recatalogue (verb)

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How is catalogue used in real life?

Catalogue can be used in all kinds of contexts involving lists of items. In the U.S., the spelling catalog is often preferred.


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Which of the following words is NOT a synonym of catalogue

A. list
B. record
C. inventory
D. purchase

How to use catalogue in a sentence