There are 4 major molecular classifications in the literature that divide breast carcinoma into basal and nonbasal subtypes, with basal subtypes associated with poor prognosis. Basal subtype is defined as positive for cytokeratin (CK) 5/6, CK14, and/or CK17 in CK classification; negative for ER, PR, and HER2 in triple negative (TN) classification; negative for ER and negative or positive for HER2 in ER/HER2 classification; and positive for CK5/6, CK14, CK17, and/or EGFR; and negative for ER, PR, and HER2 in CK/TN classification. These classifications use similar terminology but different definitions; it is critical to understand the precise relationship between them. We compared these 4 classifications in 195 breast carcinomas and found that (1) the rates of basal subtypes varied from 5% to 36% for ductal carcinoma in situ and 14% to 40% for invasive ductal carcinoma. (2) The rates of basal subtypes varied from 19% to 76% for HG carcinoma and 1% to 7% for NHG carcinoma. (3) The rates of basal subtypes were strongly associated with tumor grades (P < .001) in all classifications and associated with tumor types (in situ versus invasive ductal carcinomas) in TN (P < .001) and CK/TN classifications (P = .035). (4) These classifications were related but not interchangeable (kappa ranges from 0.140 to 0.658 for HG carcinoma and from 0.098 to 0.654 for NHG carcinoma). In conclusion, although these classifications all divide breast carcinoma into basal and nonbasal subtypes, they are not interchangeable. More studies are needed to evaluate to their values in predicting prognosis and guiding individualized therapy.