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 for catalog

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

Contemporary Examples of catalogue

Historical Examples of catalogue

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


    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


US catalog


a complete, usually alphabetical list of items, often with notes giving details
a book, usually illustrated, containing details of items for sale, esp as used by mail-order companies
a list of all the books or resources of a library
US and Canadian a publication issued by a university, college, etc, listing courses offered, regulations, services, etc
NZ a list of wool lots prepared for auction

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
Derived Formscataloguer 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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Word Origin and History for catalogue

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.)).


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


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