dog tag


Definition of dog tag

: an identification tag (as for military personnel or pets)

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Recent Examples on the Web Help ensure your dog’s safety with a personalized dog tag. Kami Phillips, CNN Underscored, "New dog? Here’s everything you’ll need to make your pup happy," 25 June 2020 Griffin told Dateline that when Patrick’s remains were found, his dog tags were missing. Andrea Cavallier, NBC News, "Mother seeks answers in mysterious 2007 death of Fort Drum soldier Sgt. Patrick Rust who was found dead six months after disappearing from bar in Watertown, New York," 30 May 2020 The company has had to deny thousands of requests for the dog tags after a group's complaint last year. Fox News, "Marine Corps bans faith-based group's Bible verse dog tags after complaint," 15 Jan. 2020 Investigators recovered Ream's dog tag from a shadow box at the grandmother's home in Chesapeake, Maryland. Michael Kunzelman,, "Virginia man pleads guilty in WWII dog tags theft in Maryland," 11 Nov. 2019 German police took his two dog tags which contained his identification., "Pierre Jean Jacques Kennedy," 17 Oct. 2019 Visitors would be able to purchase a day pass — which would be visible on a phone — or an annual pass, which could come in the form of a dog tag. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A new West Allis dog park, the city's first, will open Dec. 14," 4 Dec. 2019 The memorial was made of fence posts connected by chains hung with blank dog tags., "Then bagpipes began to play.," 11 Nov. 2019 Later on, he was given back one dog tag and two crudely stamped German metal pieces with his POW number 4113., "Pierre Jean Jacques Kennedy," 17 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of dog tag

1882, in the meaning defined above

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“Dog tag.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of dog tag

: a small, thin piece of metal that is worn around the neck of an American soldier and that lists the soldier's name, service number, and other information

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