(noun) A group of people, places, and things that have commonalities.
Example: University graduates or men and women.
Audio Pronunciation: (cat·e·go·ry)
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- Plural: categories
- The terms category and social category are used interchangeably in a sociological context.
- Researchers (verb) categorize (adjective) categorical or (adjective) categoric data.
- Word origin of “category” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
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Contributor: C. E. Seaman
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How to Cite the Definition of Category
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Seaman, C. E. 2015. “category.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary, edited by Kenton Bell. Retrieved March 22, 2019 (http://sociologydictionary.org/category/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
Seaman, C. E. (2015). category. In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://sociologydictionary.org/category/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Seaman, C. E. 2015. “category.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary, edited by Kenton Bell. Accessed March 22, 2019. http://sociologydictionary.org/category/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
Seaman, C. E. “category.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2015. Web. 22 Mar. 2019. <http://sociologydictionary.org/category/>.