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Definition of brand-name

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of or relating to a brand name brand-name products
2 : having a well-known and usually highly regarded or marketable name brand-name authors the … party lacks brand-name guests or good food— Ryan Lizza

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Definition of brand name (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an arbitrarily adopted name that is given by a manufacturer or merchant to an article or service to distinguish it as produced or sold by that manufacturer or merchant and that may be used and protected as a trademark
2 : one having a well-known and usually highly regarded or marketable name

Examples of brand-name in a Sentence


The drug is sold under several brand names.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

State health officials have worked to ensure widespread distribution of naloxone, the overdose-reversing drug often referred to by the brand name Narcan. Globe Staff,, "Opioid-related deaths drop 11 percent in Mass.," 21 Aug. 2019 More than 6,100 officers now carry the drug sold under the brand name Narcan. Los Angeles Times, "LAPD to equip more officers with medication to reduce opioid deaths," 18 July 2019 In the aftermath of the incident, Lyman urged Delta to start stocking its medical kits with naloxone, a medication often sold under the brand name Narcan. Julia Jones, CNN, "Delta's on-board emergency medical kits will now include a powerful overdose-reversal drug," 17 July 2019 One recognizable brand name of the many on the market is Rogaine. Beth Wood, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Patchy success for most baldness treatments," 26 Aug. 2019 Even if brands can register the word, limitations on its use would only apply in specific contexts, in association with a logo or brand name, and any alleged infringements would have to be policed by the trademark holder. Ephrat Livni, Quartzy, "Brands are clamoring to trademark common words, like “the”," 22 Aug. 2019 With Grubhub’s backing, Green Summit produced food that was marketed online under brand names like Leafage (salads) and Butcher Block (sandwiches). New York Times, "The Rise of the Virtual Restaurant," 14 Aug. 2019 Episodes are peppered with appearances from brand names like Cadillac, Chevrolet, Casio, 7-Eleven, Nike, Adidas, Schwinn, Burger King and more. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "The real stars of "Stranger Things"? All those brand names," 19 July 2019 The milk is also the key ingredient in the artisanal, European-style chocolates that Kimberly and son Lyndon Thorn make under the brand name Milk House Chocolates. Deborah Hornblow,, "Boutique Farms: Creative And Resourceful Farmers Find Their Artisanal Niche," 25 June 2019

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1935, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1922, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of brand-name

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having a well-known brand name

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English Language Learners Definition of brand name (Entry 2 of 2)

: a name that is given to a product by the company that produces or sells it

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