rubric

[ roo-brik ]
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noun
  1. a title, heading, direction, or the like, in a manuscript, book, statute, etc., written or printed in red or otherwise distinguished from the rest of the text.

  2. a direction for the conduct of divine service or the administration of the sacraments, inserted in liturgical books.

  1. any established mode of conduct or procedure; protocol.

  2. an explanatory comment; gloss.

  3. a class or category

  4. Archaic. red ocher.

adjective
  1. written, inscribed in, or marked with or as with red; rubrical.

  2. Archaic. red; ruddy.

Origin of rubric

1
1325–75; <Latin rūbrīca red ocher (derivative of ruberred1); replacing Middle English rubriche, rubrike (noun) <Old French

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British Dictionary definitions for rubric

rubric

/ (ˈruːbrɪk) /


noun
  1. a title, heading, or initial letter in a book, manuscript, or section of a legal code, esp one printed or painted in red ink or in some similarly distinguishing manner

  2. a set of rules of conduct or procedure

  1. a set of directions for the conduct of Christian church services, often printed in red in a prayer book or missal

  2. instructions to a candidate at the head of the examination paper

  3. an obsolete name for red ochre

adjective
  1. written, printed, or marked in red

Origin of rubric

1
C15 rubrike red ochre, red lettering, from Latin rubrīca (terra) red (earth), ruddle, from ruber red

Derived forms of rubric

  • rubrical, adjective
  • rubrically, adverb

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