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[kat-l-awg, -og] /ˈkæt lˌɔg, -ˌɒg/
a list or record, as of items for sale or courses at a university, systematically arranged and often including descriptive material:
a stamp catalog.
something that contains such a list or record, as a book, leaflet, or file.
a list of the contents of a library or a group of libraries, arranged according to any of various systems.
any list or record:
a catalog of complaints.
verb (used with object), cataloged or catalogued, cataloging or cataloguing.
to enter (items) in a catalog; make a catalog of.
verb (used without object), cataloged or catalogued, cataloging or cataloguing.
to produce a catalog.
to have a specified price as listed in a catalog:
This model catalogs for $49.95.
to offer merchandise in a mail-order catalog.
of, relating to, or carrying on business through a mail-order catalog:
catalog sales.
Also, catalogue.
Origin of catalog
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English cataloge < Late Latin catalogus < Greek katálogos a register (akin to katalégein to count up), equivalent to kata- cata- + -logos reckoning
Related forms
cataloger, cataloguer, catalogist, cataloguist, noun
[kat-l-oj-ik] /ˌkæt lˈɒdʒ ɪk/ (Show IPA),
catalogical, catalogistic
[kat-l-oh-jis-tik] /ˌkæt l oʊˈdʒɪs tɪk/ (Show IPA),
miscatalog, miscatalogue, verb (used with object), miscataloged or miscatalogued, miscataloging or miscataloguing.
noncatalog, noncatalogue, adjective
recatalog, verb (used with object), recataloged or recataogued, recataloging or recataloguing.
1, 3. roster, register, record. See list1 . Unabridged
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Examples from the web for catalogue
  • Gordy said he decided to sell the stake in the publishing catalogue in part because he had become disenchanted with the industry.
  • Make sure you have specific questions that are not easily found in the catalogue or on the web.
  • Though it runs to seven volumes, the catalogue says nothing about who put the collection together.
  • That's despite the project's globe-spanning efforts to catalogue every ocean species-even the tiniest.
  • Researchers have unveiled a catalogue of genes from microbes found in the human gut.
  • Students at my school are subject to the requirements listed in the catalogue when they matriculated.
  • The first step is making sure there are no duplicates in the catalogue.
  • By any standards, this is a dismal catalogue of failure.
  • We can no more catalogue every celestial body than a biologist can count every beetle.
  • And the growing catalogue of string theories evokes trouble.
British Dictionary definitions for catalogue


a complete, usually alphabetical list of items, often with notes giving details
a book, usually illustrated, containing details of items for sale, esp as used by mail-order companies
a list of all the books or resources of a library
(US & Canadian) a publication issued by a university, college, etc, listing courses offered, regulations, services, etc
(NZ) a list of wool lots prepared for auction
verb -logues, -loguing, -logued (US) -logs, -loging, -loged
to compile a catalogue of (a library)
to add (books, items, etc) to an existing catalogue
Derived Forms
cataloguer, cataloguist, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin catalogus, from Greek katalogos, from katalegein to list, from kata- completely + legein to collect
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Word Origin and History for catalogue

early 15c., from Old French catalogue "list, index" (14c.), and directly from Late Latin catalogus, from Greek katalogos "a list, register, enrollment" (e.g. the katalogos neon, the "catalogue of ships" in the "Iliad"), from kata "down; completely" (see cata-) + legein "to say, count" (see lecture (n.)).


1590s, "to make a catalogue;" see catalogue (n.). From 1630s as "to enter into a catalogue." Related: Catalogued; cataloguing.


see catalogue.

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