criterion criterion  /kraɪ ˈtɪ ri ən/


  1. (n) a basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated
  2. (n) the ideal in terms of which something can be judged


Derived Word(s)


  1. While promoting Mr Heinz to the post of Senior Director, the most important criterion that was looked at was mental agility.
  2. Visa aspirants are unable to fathom the criterion upon which their applications were rejected.
  3. It was difficult to find even five persons satisfying the stringent criterion set by the hiring team.


  1. Black Forest Fire forces mail delivery reroute for 4,000 addresses

    The spread of the Black Forest fire has affected mail delivery for nearly 4,000 addresses. For those in the Black Forest area, mail will be held at the U.S. Post Office’s Briargate Station, 8585 Criterion Drive, and can be picked up at the side door in the lobby from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Call [...]
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Colorado Springs Business Journal

  2. Lynn Parramore: Obama Nominates America’s Biggest Walmart Cheerleader as His Chief Economic Adviser

    Apparently, the most important criterion for getting an important post in the Obama Administration is telling Big Lies, better yet with data. Jason Furman claims Walmart is a “progressive success story.”
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Naked Capitalism

  3. Marketa Lazarova: The Criterion Collection (Blu-ray)

    Highly Recommended THE FILM Please Note: The images used here are from stills provided by The Criterion Collection and promotional materials and are not taken from the current Blu-ray edition under review. One of the reasons that Czech writer Vladislav Vancura's 1931 novel Marketa Lazarova has long been considered a notorious challenge to translators is that its avant-gardism -- its intentional ...
    on June 11, 2013     Source: DVD Talk


  1. "I'm pleased that this agreement meets the criterion that I set forth last week to provide an effective, robust and temporary set of incentives that will boost our economy and encourage job creation," Mr Bush told reporters at the White House....
    on Jan 24, 2008 By: President Bush Source: ABC Online

  2. Machine-or-transformation might have been fine for the Industrial Age, "but there are reasons to doubt whether the test should be the sole criterion for determining the patentability of inventions in the Information Age," wrote Justice Anthony...
    on Jun 29, 2010 By: Anthony Kennedy Source: Wired News

  3. Obama said, "We need somebody who's got the heart, the empathy, to recognize what it's like to be a young teenage mom, the empathy to understand what it's like to be poor or African-American or gay or disabled or old - and that's the criterion by...
    on May 28, 2008 By: Barack Obama Source: Coshocton Tribune

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