[ roo-brik ]
/ ˈru brɪk /



written, inscribed in, or marked with or as with red; rubrical.
Archaic. red; ruddy.

Origin of rubric

1325–75; < Latin rūbrīca red ocher (derivative of ruber red1); replacing Middle English rubriche, rubrike (noun) < Old French Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for rubric

/ (ˈruːbrɪk) /


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
a set of rules of conduct or procedure
a set of directions for the conduct of Christian church services, often printed in red in a prayer book or missal
instructions to a candidate at the head of the examination paper
an obsolete name for red ochre


written, printed, or marked in red

Derived forms of rubric

rubrical, adjectiverubrically, adverb

Word Origin for rubric

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