What does rubric mean?

Definitions for rubricˈru brɪk

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word rubric.

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

  8. Origin: [OE. rubriche, OF. rubriche, F. rubrique ( cf. it. rubrica), fr. L. rubrica red earth for coloring, red chalk, the title of a law (because written in red), fr. ruber red. See red.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Rubric

    rōō′brik, n. the directions for the service, in office-books, formerly in red letters: any heading, guiding, rule, &c. printed conspicuously in red: a flourish after a signature: a thing definitely settled: red ochre.—v.t. to enjoin services.—adjs. Ru′bric, -al, agreeing with a rubric.—adv. Ru′brically, over formally.—v.t. Ru′bricate, to illuminate with red letters: to formulate as a rubric.—adj. represented in red.—ns. Rubricā′tion, that which is illuminated; Rubricā′tor, one who rubricates; Rubric′ian, one versed in the rubric; Rubric′ity, accordance with the rubric.—adj. Ru′bricose (bot.), marked with red.—n. Ru′brisher (obs.), a painter of ornamental letters in early manuscripts. [L. rubrica, red earth—ruber, red.]

Editors Contribution

  1. rubric

    The explanatory text that provides a commentary on an assessment, the detail what should be done to complete the task. This can detail the specific criteria used to evaluate the work, or to outline the expected performance standard.

    Rubric is important to students, teachers and tutors as it serves as an explanatory note and information source to all involved in the process.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rubric in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rubric in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Air Force Col. Cedric Leighton:

    Under the train, equip and assist rubric, they are going in there and assisting, but it is boots on the ground, and it does mean that we are engaged in that kind of combat.

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