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rubric

[roo-brik] /ˈru brɪk/
noun
1.
a title, heading, direction, or the like, in a manuscript, book, statute, etc., written or printed in red or otherwise distinguished from the rest of the text.
2.
a direction for the conduct of divine service or the administration of the sacraments, inserted in liturgical books.
3.
any established mode of conduct or procedure; protocol.
4.
an explanatory comment; gloss.
5.
a class or category.
6.
Archaic. red ocher.
adjective
7.
written, inscribed in, or marked with or as with red; rubrical.
8.
Archaic. red; ruddy.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; < Latin rūbrīca red ocher (derivative of ruber red); replacing Middle English rubriche, rubrike (noun) < Old French
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British Dictionary definitions for rubrics

rubric

/ˈruːbrɪk/
noun
1.
a title, heading, or initial letter in a book, manuscript, or section of a legal code, esp one printed or painted in red ink or in some similarly distinguishing manner
2.
a set of rules of conduct or procedure
3.
a set of directions for the conduct of Christian church services, often printed in red in a prayer book or missal
4.
instructions to a candidate at the head of the examination paper
5.
an obsolete name for red ochre
adjective
6.
written, printed, or marked in red
Derived Forms
rubrical, adjective
rubrically, adverb
Word Origin
C15 rubrike red ochre, red lettering, from Latin rubrīca (terra) red (earth), ruddle, from ruber red
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Word Origin and History for rubrics

rubric

n.

c.1300, "directions in religious services" (often in red writing), from Old French rubrique, rubriche "rubric, title" (13c.), from Latin rubrica "red ochre, red coloring matter," from ruber, from PIE root *rudhro- (see red). Meaning "title or heading of a book" is from early 15c. Related: Rubrical.

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