ear tag

1 of 2


: a metal identification tag attached to the ear of an animal


2 of 2

transitive verb

: to mark (an animal) for future identification with an ear tag

Word History



ear entry 1 + tag

Transitive verb

ear tag

First Known Use


1876, in the meaning defined above

Transitive Verb

1920, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ear tag was in 1876

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“Ear tag.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ear%20tag. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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