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  1. (in ancient manuscripts, early printed books, etc.) having titles, catchwords, etc., distinctively colored.
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Origin of rubricated

First recorded in 1595–1605; rubricate + -ed2
Related formsun·ru·bri·cat·ed, adjective


verb (used with object), ru·bri·cat·ed, ru·bri·cat·ing.
  1. to mark or color with red.
  2. to furnish with or regulate by rubrics.
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Origin of rubricate

1560–70; < Late Latin rūbrīcātus (past participle of rūbrīcāre to color red), equivalent to rūbrīc(a) red ocher (see rubric) + -ātus -ate1
Related formsru·bri·ca·tion, nounru·bri·ca·tor, noun
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Related Words

pink, tint, suffuse, mantle, color, rose, rouge, bloody, paint, rubric, flush, crimson, dye, rust, glow, rubify, ruddle, rubricate, incarnadine, ruddy

Examples from the Web for rubricated

Historical Examples

  • A 56-page illustrated pamphlet, untrimmed, rubricated cover.


    Joseph Benson Gilder &amp; Jeannette Leonard Gilder

  • Cremer, Heinrich, copy of 42-line Bible rubricated by, 47 sq.

    Fine Books

    Alfred W. Pollard

  • At the head of the first page of the text of the book were three rubricated Arabic words.

    A Modern Aladdin

    Howard Pyle

  • The paper was to be of hand-made linen, from the Kelmscott Mills; the type black-letter, with rubricated initials.

  • There are no figures or illuminations, but the titles are rubricated in burnished gold or in colours.

British Dictionary definitions for rubricated


verb (tr)
  1. to print (a book or manuscript) with red titles, headings, etc
  2. to mark in red
  3. to supply with or regulate by rubrics
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Derived Formsrubrication, nounrubricator, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin rubricāre to colour red, from rubrīca red earth; see rubric
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