A catalogue is a list of things. Those glossy booklets from your favorite clothing shops that fill your mailbox are catalogues, and so is that online list you consult to find a book at the library.

A catalogue — also spelled catalog — can be a list of anything, arranged in some order, and when you list things, you catalogue them. If you're particularly peeved at your brother, you might catalogue for him every annoying thing he's done lately. If you've ever worked in a library, you may have been assigned to catalogue new books, or, at your office, you might catalogue all the printers, listing the make and model of each one.

Definitions of catalogue

n a complete list of things; usually arranged systematically

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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
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list, listing
a database containing an ordered array of items (names or topics)

n a book or pamphlet containing an enumeration of things

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
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a written work or composition that has been published (printed on pages bound together)

v make an itemized list or catalog of; classify

“He is cataloguing his photographic negatives”
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assort, class, classify, separate, sort, sort out
arrange or order by classes or categories

v make a catalogue, compile a catalogue

“She spends her weekends cataloguing
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compile, compose
put together out of existing material

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