domain name


Definition of domain name

: a sequence of usually alphanumeric characters (such as that specifies a group of online resources (as of a particular company or person) and that forms part of the corresponding Internet addresses

Examples of domain name in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the process is slow, and the outcome is uncertain in cases where someone has acquired a domain name for purposes other than shaking down the trademark owner for money. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Biden campaign trolls Trump by snatching ‘Keep America Great’ website," 28 Aug. 2020 Between 2006 and 2009, Google ran a separate version of its search engine for users in mainland China under the domain name Naomi Xu Elegant, Fortune, "Google is not cooperating with user data requests from Hong Kong authorities," 14 Aug. 2020 However, the website shows that Rackspace registered that domain name June 12. Patrick Danner,, "Rackspace alleges employee ‘threatened’ to go to media with ‘concerns’ over its business practices," 21 Aug. 2020 When a grassroots organization abruptly ends its effort, when a fee for a domain name or web host isn’t paid, that content can vanish. Ben Crandell,, "In Fort Lauderdale, an historic effort to archive Black digital lives begins," 8 Aug. 2020 When the online travel giant Bookings Holdings sought to trademark its domain name almost a decade ago, the US Patent and Trademark Office concluded that the same rule applied. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Supreme Court says generic domains like can be trademarked," 30 June 2020 The foundation does not have active social media accounts, and the domain name for its web site has expired, though the site itself is still accessible. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, "As Redskins review name, Dan Snyder's once-touted Native American foundation has gone dark," 9 July 2020 Also, enforcement takes time as the government reaches all internet service providers and telecom operators to blacklist each and every host-name and domain name linked with a particular application. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "The ban on TikTok hasn’t turned the fortunes of its made-in-India rivals," 7 July 2020 Hence, Breyer warned, allowing the registration of generic domains like could enable companies to effectively monopolize the use of the generic term in conjunction with a dot-com domain name. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Supreme Court says generic domains like can be trademarked," 30 June 2020

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First Known Use of domain name

1982, in the meaning defined above

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“Domain name.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of domain name

computers : the characters (such as or that form the main part of an Internet address

domain name

plural domain names

Kids Definition of domain name

: the characters (as that form the main part of an Internet address

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