- 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.
- a direction for the conduct of divine service or the administration of the sacraments, inserted in liturgical books.
- any established mode of conduct or procedure; protocol.
- an explanatory comment; gloss.
- a class or category
- Archaic. red ocher.
- written, inscribed in, or marked with or as with red; rubrical.
- Archaic. red; ruddy.
Origin of rubric
Examples from the Web for rubric
But for some center-right media outlets, this probably fit into the "too good to check" rubric.Brace Yourself: October Election Surprises Surely on the Way
October 31, 2014
Cut to popular programs are just put under this Function 920 rubric, which allows them to pretend they're not real.The Ryan Budget Is Still the Issue
September 10, 2012
Bain Capital and its ilk were called leveraged buyout firms back then, but whatever the rubric, the business is the same.Bain Capital Stays Quiet Amid Attacks on Mitt Romney, Private Equity
February 21, 2012
It is within this rubric that Romney utters the line in which his campaign is about “saving the soul of America.”Michael Tomasky on Mitt Romney’s Outside Pitch
January 11, 2012
All of this was presented under the rubric of "comedy," but—as with everything that Kovacs conceived—it plays as much, much more.The Absurdist Genius of Ernie Kovacs
April 15, 2011
Hodder's ideals—if he had only known—transcended the rubric.The Inside of the Cup, Complete
How this rubric got into the Prayer-Book it is impossible to say.A History of the Reformation (Vol. 2 of 2)
Thomas M. Lindsay
I asked her once what was the great attraction of that volume, and she said 'the Rubric.'The Key to the Bront Works
Shall the Rubric preceding the Creed be removed from the Prayer-book?An Outline of English Speech-craft
This rubric he adhered to his life long, despite his change of spiritual base.Egoists
- 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
Word Origin and History for rubric
c.1300, "directions in religious services" (often in red writing), from Old French rubrique, rubriche "rubric, title" (13c.), from Latin rubrica "red ochre, red coloring matter," from ruber, from PIE root *rudhro- (see red). Meaning "title or heading of a book" is from early 15c. Related: Rubrical.