Definition of criterion in English:

criterion

noun

  • A principle or standard by which something may be judged or decided.

    ‘they award a green label to products that meet certain environmental criteria’
    • ‘These contractors will be required to meet criteria to be eligible for a permit.’
    • ‘The one criteria is that they must be active, whether in sport or other types of health and fitness.’
    • ‘Only then can we reach the standardised criterion of economic growth and prosperity.’
    • ‘Unless you decide that for some reason it is better to judge by other criteria.’
    • ‘They were selected to take part on the basis of criteria laid down by the Education Department.’
    • ‘Judged on those criteria, the tour is undoubtedly a flop of monumental proportions.’
    • ‘He says that, in any case, there is little new in broadening the criteria for selection.’
    • ‘The problem is there are no clear guidelines as to what the criteria should be.’
    • ‘Performance is the only criterion by which a team chasing greatness can judge itself.’
    • ‘In some circumstances it is difficult to make economic criteria apply even in principle.’
    • ‘It eludes me as to how the various blogs will be judged and under what criteria.’
    • ‘One of the main criteria the youth must meet for the camp is to have a business plan or idea.’
    • ‘That is the criterion or standard by which the arbitrator is to be guided.’
    • ‘This is one of the principles stated in the criteria for excellence in assessment.’
    • ‘Clearly the rules and the criteria by which the licensing panel are working are deeply flawed.’
    • ‘In addition, sites are selected as suitable only if they meet demanding criteria.’
    • ‘They join by invitation only and must meet certain criteria before they will be admitted.’
    • ‘There will also be a review of all existing holders to make sure they meet the new criteria.’
    • ‘The country needs not just guidelines on care but criteria that are set solidly.’
    • ‘There are certain criteria which groups must meet to apply for the grants to be eligible.’
    basis, point of reference, standard, norm, yardstick, benchmark, touchstone, test, formula, measure, gauge, scale, barometer, indicator, litmus test
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Usage

Strictly speaking, the singular form (following the original Greek) is criterion and the plural form is criteria. It is a common mistake to use criteria as if it were a singular, as in a further criteria needs to be considered

Origin

Early 17th century: from Greek kritērion ‘means of judging’, from kritēs (see critic).

Pronunciation

criterion

/krʌɪˈtɪərɪən/