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Meaning & Definition of Criterion in English

English

Criterion

/kraɪtɪriən/

noun

1. A basis for comparison

  • A reference point against which other things can be evaluated
  • "The schools comply with federal standards"
  • "They set the measure for all subsequent work"
    synonym:
  • standard
  • ,
  • criterion
  • ,
  • measure
  • ,
  • touchstone

2. The ideal in terms of which something can be judged

  • "They live by the standards of their community"
    synonym:
  • criterion
  • ,
  • standard

Examples of using

What criterion did you use when you elected this essay as the winner?