rubric

[roo-brik]
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:
1325–75; < Latin rūbrīca red ocher (derivative of ruber red); replacing Middle English rubriche, rubrike (noun) < Old French

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rubric (ˈruːbrɪk)
 
n
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
 
adj
6.  written, printed, or marked in red
 
[C15 rubrike red ochre, red lettering, from Latin rubrīca (terra) red (earth), ruddle, from ruber red]
 
'rubrical
 
adj
 
'rubrically
 
adv

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rubric
late 14c., "directions in religious services" (often in red writing), from O.Fr. rubrique, from L. rubrica "red ochre, red coloring matter," from ruber, from PIE base *rudhro- (see red).
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Example sentences
Use rubrics, especially for final papers that won't be rewritten.
Adjunct faculty is over-recruited and has no input or control over the curriculum or grade measurement rubrics.
The band instrument rubrics outline four levels of proficiency.
Scoring rubrics provide the criteria for evaluating and scoring student performance.
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