dog tag


Definition of dog tag

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

Examples of dog tag in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The O’Connor family was astounded to learn of the dog tag’s discovery more than 75 years after the war. New York Times, 2 Dec. 2021 In Las Vegas, a San Francisco Giants dog tag dangles from the neck of Buster, a 1-year-old brown miniature schnauzer. Matthias Gafni, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 Nov. 2021 Finally, the device itself could function as a sort of smart dog tag, automatically keeping track of and reporting a soldier's health status, medical history, and ongoing conditions. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 4 Oct. 2021 In one of those missions, a dog tag with Miller’s name and vital information was found near the remains. Christian Robles, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 18 July 2021 Bastoni found the dog tag about 600 feet from the remnants of what locals say was a Nazi bunker. Curt Brown, Star Tribune, 26 June 2021 The Armed Forces Medical Examiner laboratory in Dover, Del., confirmed that the remains near the dog tag belonged to Miller using mitochondrial DNA sequencing of deep bone tissue. Christian Robles, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 18 July 2021 Finding Harlan's dog tag would have lessened Lillie's burden, Olson said. Curt Brown, Star Tribune, 26 June 2021 The Duchess of Sussex wore Kahn’s monogrammed initial dog tag necklace to the 2019 U.S. Open. Annie Goldsmith, Town & Country, 27 June 2021

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First Known Use of dog tag

1882, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dog tag was in 1882

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“Dog tag.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2022.

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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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