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Definition of name

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a word or phrase that constitutes the distinctive designation of a person or thing The boy's name is Brad.
b : a word or symbol used in logic to designate an entity
2 : a descriptive often disparaging epithet called him names
3a : reputation gave the town a bad name
b : an illustrious record : fame made a name for himself in golf
c : a person or thing with a reputation one of the most detested names in history
4 : family, clan was a disgrace to his name
5 : appearance as opposed to reality a friend in name only
6 : one referred to by a name praise his holy name
in the name of
1 : by authority of open in the name of the law
2 : for the reason of : using the excuse of called for reforms in the name of progress


named; naming

Definition of name (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to give a name to : call
2a : to mention or identify by name refused to name a suspect
b : to accuse by name
3 : to nominate for office : appoint
4 : to decide on : choose name the day of the wedding
5 : to mention explicitly : specify unwilling to name a price

Definition of name (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : of, relating to, or bearing a name name tags
2 : appearing in the name of a literary or theatrical production
3a : having an established reputation
b : featuring celebrities

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namer noun

Examples of name in a Sentence

Noun Please write your name on this line. State your name and occupation. I refused to give them my name. Mark Twain's real name was Samuel Clemens. She registered at the hotel under a false name. My full name is Susan Elaine Smith. We had to memorize the names of all the countries in Africa. “What's your dog's name?” “His name is Sandy.” This is his song “Loving You” from the album of the same name. The ship's name was “Titanic.” Verb “What are you going to name your new dog?” “I think I'll name him Sandy.” The aptly named HMS “Victorious” helped the British Royal Navy win an important victory. A man named James Smith is on the phone. We named our daughter “Mary” in honor of her grandmother. Can you name the person who attacked you? All of the authors named above were influenced by his work. She was named to replace him as the company's vice president. Adjective the university's physics department boasts a number of name physicists
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The film, based on Eoin Colfer's children's books of the same name and directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Judi Dench, Colin Farrell and Josh Gad, was slated for theatrical release May 29. Piya Sinha-roy, The Hollywood Reporter, "Disney Breaks Theatrical Window With 'Artemis Fowl' Debuting on Disney+," 3 Apr. 2020 Anyone picking up food has to give their name, address and number of people in their household., "Ohio National Guard helps Shared Harvest food distribution in new Fairfield location this weekend," 2 Apr. 2020 Venetian Blinds Contrary to their name, Venetian blinds are thought to be from Persia, not from Venice. Stefanie Waldek, House Beautiful, "The Best Types of Blinds and Which Are Right for Your Home," 2 Apr. 2020 This pet-friendly plant gets its name from its ridges and white stripes that resemble a zebra. Madeline Diamond, Travel + Leisure, "These Easy Houseplants Will Brighten Up Your Space — and You Can Order Them All Online," 2 Apr. 2020 The boy began spelling his name ‘‘Tomie’’ at the suggestion of a cousin, Irish tenor Morton Downey, who encouraged his drawing and dancing., "Tomie dePaola, creator of gently humorous picture books, dies at 85," 1 Apr. 2020 In these tents, on the cots that sit less than six feet apart, it is expected that millionaires will lie beside people without a penny to their names. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, "An Ethicist on How to Make Impossible Decisions," 1 Apr. 2020 Its clinical name is hidradenitis suppurativa (HS). Kate Watson, Allure, "Is Hidradenitis Suppurativa Causing Your Breakouts?," 1 Apr. 2020 Mérida, Mexico The capital of the Mexican state of Yucatán is also the cultural capital of the peninsula of the same name, blending two important parts of Mexico's history, the Mayan culture and its colonial past. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Friendliest Cities in the World: 2019 Readers' Choice Awards," 26 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Two bald eagles named Aurora and Redoubt have produced two eggs, and soon a worldwide audience will be able to see chicks hatching. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "The Kenai Eagle Cam is back, and bald eagles could be hatching before the end of the month," 17 May 2020 Until recently, though, Monopoly’s mythology insisted on a different origin story: that it had been created by a man named Charles Darrow. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "I Played Ms. Monopoly So That You Don’t Have To," 16 May 2020 The Global Times report named Gooden as a potential sanction target in the future. Paul Cobler, Dallas News, "China threatens to sanction Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw, other GOP lawmakers, over coronavirus criticism," 15 May 2020 Meanwhile, Catherine plots behind the scenes with the help of Marial and an intellectual bureaucrat named Orlo (Sacha Dhawan) to consolidate power, though their efforts are usually stymied. Jennifer Wilson, The New Republic, "The Great’s Empowerment Problem," 15 May 2020 The four prisoners named in the lawsuit are Ashunte Smith has served 24 years in prison on a murder conviction and is currently at Marion Correctional Facility. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "Inmates sue Gov. DeWine over deadly coronavirus outbreaks in Ohio prisons, seek release of thousands prisoners," 15 May 2020 Walker's father, also named Kenneth, says his son was scheduled to start work at the U.S. Postal Service before the shooting. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "What we know about Breonna Taylor's boyfriend and the charges against him," 15 May 2020 Eubanks, Olindo and Meissner had all blamed Dennis for claims that Eubanks' husband, Jason Wimberly, had been having a two-year affair behind her back with a local makeup artist named Rebecca Wash. Dave Quinn,, "Ashley Jacobs Slams Exited Southern Charm Stars as They Turn on Kathryn Dennis: 'Cowards'," 15 May 2020 In early 1828, a trapper named James Ohio Pattie and seven other armed men entered Mexican California without passports or permission. Gary Kamiya,, "Tall tales of a California pandemic: How one man did not vaccinate thousands of people," 15 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Although pancake mix and syrup are not sold out in most stores, most popular or name brand items are harder to come by. Dallas News, "Here’s what’s low or out of stock at North Texas grocery stores," 26 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of name


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for name

Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Old English nama; akin to Old High German namo name, Latin nomen, Greek onoma, onyma

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The first known use of name was before the 12th century

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6 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Name.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of name

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a word or phrase that refers to or that can refer to a specific person
: a word or phrase that refers to a specific place or thing
: a word or phrase that refers to a type or group of things



English Language Learners Definition of name (Entry 2 of 3)

: to give a name to (someone or something)
: to say the name of (someone or something)
: to choose (someone) to be (something)

English Language Learners Definition of name (Entry 3 of 3)

chiefly US : having a well-known name and good reputation


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Kids Definition of name

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a word or combination of words by which a person or thing is known
2 : reputation sense 2 She made a name for herself in the restaurant business.
3 : a word or phrase used to describe and insult someone Stop calling me names!


named; naming

Kids Definition of name (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : to choose a word or words by which something will be known : give a name to They plan to name the baby Diana.
2 : to refer to by the word by which a person or thing is known : call by name Can you name all the state capitals?
3 : to appoint to a job of authority Our principal was named superintendent of schools.
4 : to decide on Have you named the date for your wedding?
5 : mention entry 2 Just name your price.
6 : to choose to be Their son was named student of the year.

Kids Definition of name (Entry 3 of 3)

: well-known because of wide distribution That store doesn't sell name brands.

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