What is rubric?

  • (noun): Category name.
    Example: "It is usually discussed under the rubric of 'functional obesity'"
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A rubric is a word or section of text which is traditionally written or printed in red ink to highlight it. The word derives from the Latin: rubrica, meaning red ochre or red chalk, and originates in Medieval illuminated manuscripts from the 13th century or earlier. In these, red letters were used to highlight initial capitals (particularly of psalms), section headings and names of religious significance, a practice known as rubrication, which was a separate stage in the production of a manuscript.

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Rubric (disambiguation)
... Rubric can refer to Rubric, a section of red text used for emphasis, such as a title or a heading Rubric (academic), a set of criteria for grading assignments Rubric Records, a record label ...
Rubric - After The Development of Printing
... as printing in two colours is more expensive and time consuming, red rubrics have since tended to be reserved specifically for religious service books, luxury ... Around 1900, red rubrics were incorporated into a Red letter edition of the King James translation of the Bible to distinguish the words spoken by Jesus during his mortal ministry, that translation lacking quotation ...
Ontario Rubric
... The Ontario rubric is a rubric system used to mark students in the Ontario province's school system ... The Ontario rubric is typically a chart with five columns ... The Ontario rubric system is used more or less throughout high schools and elementary schools in Ontario ...
Rubric (academic)
... In education terminology, scoring rubric means "a standard of performance for a defined population" ... The traditional meanings of the word Rubric stem from "a heading on a document (often written in red--from Latin, rubrica), or a direction for conducting church services" ... The term "rubrics" was applied to such ratings by Grubb, 1981 in a book advocating holistic scoring rather than developmental rubrics ...
Barber's Pole - Other Uses of The Term - Booksellers
... Red or rubric posts were sometimes used by booksellers in England prior to 1800 ... A few years before Nichols published his Literary Anecdotes, two booksellers used to sport their rubric posts close to each other here in Little Britain, and these rubric posts were ...

More definitions of "rubric":

  • (noun): An authoritative rule of conduct or procedure.
  • (noun): A heading that names a statute or legislative bill; may give a brief summary of the matters it deals with.
    Synonyms: title, statute title
  • (noun): An explanation or definition of an obscure word in a text.
    Synonyms: gloss
  • (noun): A title or heading that is printed in red or in a special type.
  • (verb): Adorn with ruby red color.
  • (noun): Directions for the conduct of Christian church services (often printed in red in a prayer book).