dog tag


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In addition to the dog tag, Evelyn received several gifts. Joan Rusek, cleveland, 5 Feb. 2023 His dog tag has an earlier design. Phil Gast, CNN, 11 Nov. 2021 Larry Hughes lost his military dog tag while serving with the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam nearly 60 years ago. Cathy Free, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Feb. 2023 The mystery begins with a single clue — an old U.S. Army dog tag. Dallas News, 4 Aug. 2022 Kenston fifth grader, Evelyn Kraemer and her dog, Kenzie took top honors in the Geauga County Auditor’s annual essay contest to choose the #1 dog in the county to wear dog tag number 1 for the year. Joan Rusek, cleveland, 5 Feb. 2023 Mattie came away from the assault holding Fry’s dog tag, leading Landor to seek revenge on Fry following her suicide. Megan Mccluskey, Time, 6 Jan. 2023 But Simpson’s dog tag proved particularly difficult. Dallas News, 11 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1882, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dog tag was in 1882

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Cite this Entry

“Dog tag.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

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