A catalog is a book that lists many things: the most common type of catalog is for a store.

A catalog is an organized list that appears in book or pamphlet form. The Sears catalog tells you all the things you can buy at Sears, along with pictures of the items and what they cost. But you can also use catalog to mean any kind of listing. In an argument, you might say, "Why don't you just make a catalog of all my faults!" When you're making a catalog of any kind, you're cataloging.

Definitions of catalog

n a complete list of things; usually arranged systematically

“it does not pretend to be a catalog of his achievements”
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a descriptive catalog of musical recordings
library catalog, library catalogue
an enumeration of all the resources of a library
parts catalog, parts catalogue
a list advertising parts for machinery along with prices
seed catalog, seed catalogue
a list advertising seeds and their prices
card catalog, card catalogue
a library catalog in which each publication is described on a separate file card
Type of:
list, listing
a database containing an ordered array of items (names or topics)

n a book or pamphlet containing an enumeration of things

“he found it in the Sears catalog
course catalog, course catalogue, prospectus
a catalog listing the courses offered by a college or university
preliminary prospectus, red herring
a first draft of a prospectus; must be clearly marked to indicate that parts may be changed in the final prospectus
Type of:
a written work or composition that has been published (printed on pages bound together)

v make an itemized list or catalog of; classify

Type of:
assort, class, classify, separate, sort, sort out
arrange or order by classes or categories

v make a catalogue, compile a catalogue

Type of:
compile, compose
put together out of existing material

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