designation

noun

des·​ig·​na·​tion ˌde-zig-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce designation (audio)
1
: the act of indicating or identifying
the designation of a speech sound
2
: appointment to or selection for an office, post, or service
awaiting his next designation
3
: a distinguishing name, sign, or title
… the only star in Lynx with a Greek letter designationRichard Berry
approved the area's designation as a wildlife refuge
4
: the relation between a sign and the thing signified

Examples of designation in a Sentence

Though many people call her a liberal, it is not a designation she uses herself. we've never given the homemade gadget a proper designation
Recent Examples on the Web The researchers say a Black-serving designation could let college applicants know during their search that the campuses are explicitly committed to supporting them. Darrell Smith, Sacramento Bee, 7 June 2024 Recognized by the Michelin Guide as a Bib Gourmand for the past three years — a designation that indicates a restaurant that serves good food at a reasonable price — Sanguich is ready to open a new, larger location in Coral Gables. Connie Ogle, Miami Herald, 24 May 2024 Although Romeo, Michigan, is often described as a Detroit suburb, when Ritchie was growing up there in the Seventies and Eighties, such a designation was a stretch. David Peisner, Rolling Stone, 20 May 2024 Darr said the commission has 30 days to write a report analyzing the landmark and the designation criteria. Ana Rocío Álvarez Bríñez, The Courier-Journal, 18 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for designation 

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Word History

Etymology

see designate entry 2

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of designation was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near designation

Cite this Entry

“Designation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/designation. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

designation

noun
des·​ig·​na·​tion ˌdez-ig-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce designation (audio)
1
: the act of indicating or identifying
2
: appointment to or selection for an office, post, or service
3
: a name, sign, or title that identifies something

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