authority file

noun Library Science.
a file, either on cards or in machine-readable format, in which decisions involving bibliographic records, particularly for form of entry, are recorded to establish a precedent or rule for subsequent decisions and to provide for consistency of entries.

1975–80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To authority file
Previous Definition: authority figure
Next Definition: authority-control
Words Near: authority file
More from
Synonyms and Antonyms for authority file
More from
Search for articles containing authority file
More from Translator Word FAQs presents 366 FAQs, incorporating some of the frequently asked questions from the past with newer queries.

Example sentences
The authority file could then be used to find headings on bib records, but that process would require many months.
The policies will be developed during a six month period following the automatic pre-population of the authority file.
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature