[ roo-brik ]
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  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.

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

  2. Archaic. red; ruddy.

Origin of rubric

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


/ (ˈruːbrɪk) /

  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

  1. written, printed, or marked in red

Origin of rubric

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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