\ ˈbrand How to pronounce brand (audio) \

Definition of brand

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a charred piece of wood
c : something (such as lightning) that resembles a firebrand
2 : sword
3a(1) : a mark made by burning with a hot iron to attest manufacture or quality or to designate ownership
(2) : a printed mark made for similar purposes : trademark
b(1) : a mark put on criminals with a hot iron
(2) : a mark of disgrace : stigma the brand of poverty
4a : a class of goods identified by name as the product of a single firm or manufacturer : make
b : a characteristic or distinctive kind a lively brand of theater
d : a public image, reputation, or identity conceived of as something to be marketed or promoted Future political offices or appointments appear out of the question now, so he is focusing on rebuilding his brand in Hollywood …— Elizabeth McNeil, et al. The comedian Dane Cook apparently believes he is building his brand by pumping out a steady stream of comments on Twitter …— Daniel Lyons
5 : a tool used to produce a brand


branded; branding; brands

Definition of brand (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to mark with a brand
2 : to mark with disapproval : stigmatize he was branded a coward
3 : to impress indelibly brand the lesson on his mind

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Other Words from brand


brander noun

Synonyms for brand

Synonyms: Noun


Synonyms: Verb

engrave, etch, impress, imprint, infix, ingrain (also engrain)

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Examples of brand in a Sentence


What brand are those jeans you are wearing? The store sells a variety of shoe brands. I don't like his brand of humor. a lively brand of theater


They no longer brand their cattle. the exact words my father spoke as he left us are branded in my memory
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The prize inside CrackerJack, the iconic popcorn brand, drove far more customer loyalty and growth than the core product itself. Josh Linkner, Detroit Free Press, "What you do for customer loyalty can make or break your business," 13 July 2019 Are brands trying to capitalize on hot girl summer? Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "2019’s most fun meme, explained.," 12 July 2019 From the early access that begins today to the public access that begins on July 19th, tons of makeup, cult-favorite beauty brands, and even luxe beauty products are heavily discounted. Teen Vogue, "BRB, Stocking Up On Our Stila Makeup Must-Haves At Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale," 12 July 2019 Reuters has three sources confirming that J. Crew has hired banks to prepare for the public offering of the denim-centric brand, pegged for after Labor Day, as part of a strategy to revive the larger retailer. Fortune, "A VC Community Introduces a Gender Quota: The Broadsheet," 12 July 2019 Its home goods brands, such as Presto! and Solimo, will be up to 30% off. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "Prime Day: Amazon gives first glimpse of its deals," 12 July 2019 Inditex’s brands — led by Zara, which accounts for about 70% of group sales — produce most of their garments within the current fashion season., "Zara’s hot polka-dot dress shows human brains beating big data," 12 July 2019 Politicians, brands, and blowhards were the enemies, and few places were so willing to point them out to the younger set. Peter Rubin, WIRED, "By Dying, MAD Gets Its Best Shot at a Second Life," 11 July 2019 The company is known for developing large hotel campuses with multiple brands, such as 300-room, three-hotel development in Amarillo, a 900-room, four-hotel development in Frisco and a six-hotel development in Grapevine. Dallas News, "Hotel investor NewcrestImage wants to raise $250 million for national expansion," 10 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

UConn, Cincinnati and South Florida stayed put as the league was eventually re-branded as the American Athletic Conference and cobbled together schools from Conference USA and the Atlantic 10. Dom Amore,, "As UConn joins the ‘new’ Big East, a look at what has changed, and what hasn’t," 30 June 2019 The strength of the party’s progressive wing was on vivid display in South Florida, starting in the first minutes of the debate when Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts branded the federal government as thoroughly corrupt. Jonathan Martin, New York Times, "Democrats Diverge on Economy and Immigration in First Debate," 27 June 2019 The project, formerly branded as Eastline, is a block from the 19th Street BART Station. Roland Li,, "Kaiser Permanente to build new $900 million Oakland headquarters," 17 June 2019 However, Lampard didn't exactly win the hearts of all football fans out there during his career, with the midfielder being branded as 'Fat Frank' by some of his detractors., "Frank Lampard: On This Day the Legendary Midfielder Signed for Chelsea," 14 June 2019 Aveda was one of the first to ditch these ingredients, and by 2009, L’Oréal Paris was offering two lines branded as sulfate-free. Deanna Pai, Bon Appétit, "Why a Good, Clean Haircare Brand Is Hard to Find," 11 June 2019 One of the first mainstream journalists to systematically brand Trump’s comments as lies was Daniel Dale, the Toronto Star’s Washington bureau chief. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Analysis: Media starting to describe falsehoods as ‘lies’," 5 June 2019 What’s left is the vague sense that Perrineau had been implicated in some drama, branded as someone who had done bad. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Aurora Perrineau Wanted to Be Known as an Actor. Instead, Her Name Got Dragged Into Scandal," 21 May 2019 Both vintage and brand new decorative versions seem to be everywhere — on the pages of interior design magazines, on your Instagram feed and even at big-name retailers. Michelle Brunner, Twin Cities, "Room dividers — and all their old-Hollywood charm — are back," 15 June 2019

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First Known Use of brand


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for brand


Middle English, torch, sword, from Old English; akin to Old English bærnan to burn

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English Language Learners Definition of brand

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a category of products that are all made by a particular company and all have a particular name
: a particular kind or type of something
: a mark that is burned into the skin of an animal (such as a cow) to show who owns the animal



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

: to put a mark on the skin of (an animal) to show who owns it
: to describe or identify (someone or something) with a word that expresses strong criticism


\ ˈbrand How to pronounce brand (audio) \

Kids Definition of brand

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a mark made by burning (as on cattle) or by stamping or printing (as on manufactured goods) to show ownership, maker, or quality
2 : a category of goods identified by a name as being made by a certain company a brand of jeans
3 : trademark
4 : a particular type “She used her own brand of magic to bind me to her.”— J. K. Rowling, Goblet of Fire
5 : a mark of disgrace


branded; branding

Kids Definition of brand (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : put a mark on to show ownership brand cattle
2 : to show or claim (something) to be bad or wrong Opponents branded the experiment a failure.

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