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1 a collection of things sharing a common attribute; "there are two classes of detergents" [syn: class, family]
2 a general concept that marks divisions or coordinations in a conceptual scheme

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From catégorie, from categoria, "class of predicables", from ancient κατηγορία, "head of predicables".




  1. A group, often named or numbered, to which items are assigned based on similarity or defined criteria.
    This steep and dangerous climb belongs to the most difficult category.
    I wouldn't put this book in the same category as the author's first novel.
  2. A collection of objects, together with a transitively closed collection of composable arrows between them, such that every object has an identity arrow.
    One well-known category has sets as objects and functions as arrows.


  • Chinese: 類別, 类别
  • Czech: kategorie
  • Dutch: categorie
  • Finnish: luokka, kategoria
  • French: catégorie
  • German: Kategorie
  • Greek: κατηγορία (katēgoría)
  • Greek, Ancient: ΚΑΤΗΓΟΡΙΑ
  • Hebrew: קטגוריה (qat'egoria)
  • Hungarian: kategória
  • Italian: categoria
  • Japanese: 部門(ぶもん, bumon), 分類 (bunrui), 種別 (shubetsu)
  • Latin: categoria
  • Portuguese: categoria
  • Russian: категория
  • Slovene: kategorija
  • Swedish: kategori
collection in math
  • Czech: kategorie
  • Dutch: categorie
  • Finnish: kategoria
  • French: catégorie
  • German: Kategorie
  • Greek: κατηγορία (katēgoría)
  • Italian: categoria
  • Russian: категория (kat'egórija)
  • Swedish: kategori

Extensive Definition

Category may refer to:
In computer programming:
category in Czech: Kategorie
category in Danish: Kategori
category in German: Kategorie
category in Estonian: Kategooria
category in Basque: Kategoria
category in French: Catégorie
category in Korean: 범주
category in Dutch: Categorie
category in Japanese: カテゴリ (曖昧さ回避)
category in Portuguese: Categoria
category in Romanian: Categorie (dezambiguizare)
category in Simple English: Category
category in Slovak: Kategória
category in Finnish: Kategoria
category in Ukrainian: Категорія
category in Chinese: 范畴

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