dog tag


Definition of dog tag

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

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The 14-karat-gold necklace is adorned with a diamond and is surprising affordable, retailing at just $250 for one dog tag initial. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's US Open Necklace Paid Tribute to Prince Harry and Baby Archie," 8 Sep. 2019 In Beckmann's post, Julia is wearing dog tags in one photo and holding an American flag in the other. Jordan Culver, USA TODAY, "'He truly was there': Nebraska photographer helps teen honor fallen Army father in senior photos," 20 Aug. 2019 The neighbor checked the dog tags and called the local animal hospital listed on the tags to learn the man’s identity. Cheryl Higley,, "Man found unconscious in his yard: Avon Lake police botter," 2 Aug. 2019 When planning the 1979 film Apocalypse Now, director Francis Ford Coppola originally imagined one of his main characters, Colonel Walter E. Kurtz, a former Green Beret who has gone rogue in Cambodia, would wear no adornment besides his dog tags. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "Marlon Brando’s Iconic Rolex Goes Up For Auction," 19 July 2019 Neanover of Reily Township was originally charged with the felony cruelty charge, a first-degree misdemeanor cruelty charge and failure to file an application for a dog tag, a minor misdemeanor. Max Londberg,, "Charges lowered for owner of starved dog who died in Butler County," 12 June 2019 Some of them brought items — cigars, dog tags, wallets — that their ancestors had carried into battle. San Diego Union-Tribune, "World leaders, local vets pause to remember D-Day, 75 years later," 6 June 2019 In one instance, DeHays stole two dog tags belonging to 1st Lt. Washington Post, "Historian who stole WWII dog tags from the National Archives advertised ‘stains of fuel, blood’ to potential buyers. Now he’s sentenced to 1 year in prison," 10 Apr. 2018 For this song, the female lifeguard emerges from behind the scrim, holding a set of dog tags. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘The Good Swimmer’ Review: A Vietnam Metaphor," 30 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of dog tag

1882, in the meaning defined above

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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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