Definition of rubricate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈro͞obrəˌkāt/


chiefly historical
Add elaborate, typically red, capital letters or other decorations to (a manuscript).
Example sentences
  • Although scholars dispute the details of the early production of his press, the first dated item is a copy of a 42-line Bible, which a scribe finished rubricating on 24 August 1456.
  • The text was rubricated either by the scribe himself, or one of his colleagues, who highlighted in red ink significant portions, phrases and words.
  • The text is rubricated throughout with red titles and red Lombards.



Pronunciation: /ˌro͞obrəˈkāSH(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • Many woodcuts copy manuscript illuminations, and some try printed rubrication of paraphs or initials.


Pronunciation: /-ˌkātər/
Example sentences
  • Often, even into the fifteenth century, the rubricator and the scribe were the same person, as is the case in the Kirby I.


Late 16th century: from Latin rubricat- 'marked in red', from the verb rubricare, from rubrica (see rubric).

Words that rhyme with rubricate


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Syllabification: ru·bri·cate

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