The word "Rubric" is a noun that means a category or a class or even a title or a name. It can also be used to refer to a number of other things. Rubric is the name given to the part of a book or some manuscript such as its heading, initial letter or title that is presented in a much more decorated way then the rest of the material contained in its text. In a code of law it refers to the heading or title of a chapter or statute. Rubric is also the term that defines a short commentary that explains some broad subject. It can also refer to red ochre or something as being red or reddish or something that is written in red. The word "Rubric" comes from the Middle English word "rubrike" meaning a heading or a title and is derived from the Latin word "rubrica" meaning red chalk.