Definitions for rubricˈru brɪk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ru•bricˈru brɪk(n.)

  1. a title, heading, or the like, in a manuscript, 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.

    Category: Religion

  3. any established rule of conduct or procedure.

  4. a class or category.

  5. an explanatory comment; gloss.

  6. Archaic. red ocher.

  7. (adj.)written or marked in red.

  8. Archaic. red; ruddy.

Origin of rubric:

1325–75; rubrike (n.) (< OF) < L rūbrīca red ocher, der. of ruberred

Princeton's WordNet

  1. rubric(noun)

    an authoritative rule of conduct or procedure

  2. gloss, rubric(noun)

    an explanation or definition of an obscure word in a text

  3. rubric(noun)

    directions for the conduct of Christian church services (often printed in red in a prayer book)

  4. title, statute title, rubric(noun)

    a heading that names a statute or legislative bill; may give a brief summary of the matters it deals with

    "Title 8 provided federal help for schools"

  5. rubric(noun)

    a title or heading that is printed in red or in a special type

  6. rubric(verb)

    category name

    "it is usually discussed under the rubric of `functional obesity'"

  7. rubric(verb)

    adorn with ruby red color


  1. rubric(Noun)

    A heading in a book highlighted in red.

  2. rubric(Noun)

    A title of a category or a class.

  3. rubric(Noun)

    An established rule or custom, a guideline.

  4. rubric(Noun)

    A printed set of scoring criteria for evaluating student work and for giving feedback.

  5. Origin: Through rubrique, from rubrica, the substance used to make red letters, from ruber, from reudh-.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rubric(noun)

    that part of any work in the early manuscripts and typography which was colored red, to distinguish it from other portions

  2. Rubric(noun)

    a titlepage, or part of it, especially that giving the date and place of printing; also, the initial letters, etc., when printed in red

  3. Rubric(noun)

    the title of a statute; -- so called as being anciently written in red letters

  4. Rubric(noun)

    the directions and rules for the conduct of service, formerly written or printed in red; hence, also, an ecclesiastical or episcopal injunction; -- usually in the plural

  5. Rubric(noun)

    hence, that which is established or settled, as by authority; a thing definitely settled or fixed

  6. Rubric(verb)

    to adorn ith red; to redden; to rubricate

  7. Rubric(adj)

    alt. of Rubrical


  1. Rubric

    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, or a direction for conducting church services". As shown in the 1977 introduction to the International Classification of Diseases-9, the term has long been used as medical labels for diseases and procedures. The bridge from medicine to education occurred through the construction of "Standardized Developmental Ratings." These were first defined for writing assessment in the mid-1970s and used to train raters for New York State's Regents Exam in Writing by the late 1970s. That exam required raters to use multidimensional standardized developmental ratings to determine a holistic score. The term "rubrics" was applied to such ratings by Grubb, 1981 in a book advocating holistic scoring rather than developmental rubrics. Developmental rubrics return to the original intent of standardized developmental ratings, which was to support student self-reflection and self-assessment as well as communication between an assessor and those being assessed. In this new sense, a scoring rubric is a set of criteria and standards typically linked to learning objectives. It is used to assess or communicate about product, performance, or process tasks.

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