A Word A Day : Rubric

Sunday, 19th August 2007 : Today's Word is...


( Noun )

Pronunciation : (ru'brik)

1. Directions for religious ceremony

2. A title or heading of a statute or chapter in a code of law

3. A short commentary or explanation covering a broad subject

4. A direction in a missal, hymnal, or other liturgical book

5. A part of a manuscript or book, such as a title, heading or initial letter that appears in decorative red lettering or is otherwise distinguished from the rest of the text

6. Red ocher

7. Title or heading (in red print)(Typography)

8. A statute regarded as authoritative

9. A set of criteria for grading assignments (Academic)


Middle English rubrike, heading, title, from Old French rubrique, from Latin rubrīca, red chalk , from ruber, rubr - red


1. Protocol

2. Ecclesiastical

3. Reddish

4. Dictate

5. Prescript

6. Regulation

7. Rule

8. Order

9. Heading

10. Title

11. Category


1. Disorder

2. Untitled

Contextual Example:

• This mission is sometimes discussed under the rubric of horizontal escalation.

• This kind of answer given in a measured official tone, as of a clergyman reading according to the rubric, did not help to justify the glories of the Eternal City.

• The dial on my watch is luminous. It casts a green glow in the dark.

Related Words:

Rubrical : Noun

Rubrication : Noun

Rubricator : Noun

Rubricate : Verb

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