label

noun
la·​bel | \ˈlā-bəl \

Definition of label 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 archaic : band, fillet specifically : one attached to a document to hold an appended seal

2 : a heraldic charge that consists of a narrow horizontal band with usually three pendants

3a : a slip (as of paper or cloth) inscribed and affixed to something for identification or description The name is prominently displayed on the label.

b : written or printed matter accompanying an article to furnish identification or other information Read the warning label before taking any medicine.

c : a descriptive or identifying word or phrase: such as

(1) : epithet acquired the label of "playboy"

(2) : a word or phrase used with a dictionary definition to provide additional information The label obsolete is abbreviated obs.

d : a usually radioactive isotope used in labeling

4 : an adhesive stamp (as for postage or revenue)

5a(1) : a brand of commercial recordings issued under a usually trademarked name

(2) : a recording so issued

(3) : a company issuing such recordings The band has made records for several different labels.

b : the brand name of a retail store selling clothing, a clothing manufacturer, or a fashion designer She only buys clothes with a designer label.

label

verb
labeled or labelled; labeling or labelling\ ˈlā-​b(ə-​)liŋ \

Definition of label (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to affix a label to labeled the switches so as not to confuse them

b : to describe or designate with or as if with a label labels his photos with the date and place they were taken

2a : to distinguish (an element or atom) by using an isotope (see isotope sense 1) distinctive in some manner (as in mass or radioactivity)

b : to distinguish (something, such as a compound or cell) by introducing a traceable constituent (such as a dye or labeled atom)

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Other Words from label

Verb

labelable \ ˈlā-​bə-​lə-​bəl \ adjective
labeler \ ˈlā-​b(ə-​)lər \ noun

Synonyms for label

Synonyms: Noun

marker, tag, ticket

Synonyms: Verb

baptize, call, christen, clepe [archaic], denominate, designate, dub, entitle, name, nominate, style, term, title

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Examples of label in a Sentence

Noun

The name is prominently displayed on the label. You should read the warning label before you take any medicine. The word was given the label “obsolete.” Some people describe him as “selfish,” but he doesn't deserve that label. Once you give people labels, it's hard to see them as individuals. The band has made records for several different labels in their career.

Verb

Be sure to carefully label the switches so that you don't confuse them. He labels his photographs with the date and place they were taken.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Magnums of Peters are simple to source, and their labels look beautiful on any table. Madeleine Luckel, Vogue, "A Champagne Lover’s Guide to Hosting a Last-Minute Bastille Day Soirée," 13 July 2018 Solomun has been on tour in support of his recent Customer is King EP, which also marked the 100th release on his label Diynamic Music and its 12-year anniversary. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Solomun Says He's Sorry 'to All Muslims' For Playing Call to Prayer At Festival," 10 July 2018 The 29-year-old also continued his surge in the style world, launching his own fashion label called Honor the Gift, a collection of unisex streetwear inspired by the Los Angeles neighborhood of Hawthorne that helped shape him growing up. Jamie Lisanti, SI.com, "Fashionable 50," 10 July 2018 Khloé is safely back in Calabasas (thank God) and is getting back to work on her denim label, Good American. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Khloé Kardashian Says She’s Anxious About Leaving Her Baby to Go Back to Work," 6 July 2018 Don’t define my labels and rhymes or even compare me to my idol Divine. Megan Friedman, Seventeen, ""Drag Race" Finalist Eureka O’Hara Says It's Time for Big Girls To Rule The World," 25 June 2018 Born October 24, Aubrey Graham named his record label OVO Sound, which stands for October’s Very Own. Meagan Fredette, refinery29.com, "Drake’s Cryptic Billboards Hint At A Double Release — But Should He Bother?," 23 June 2018 Beginning with Pusha-T’s Daytona, the rapper has released albums on his G.O.O.D. Music label on consecutive Fridays beginning May 25, and all of them have been only seven songs long. Dan Deluca, Philly.com, "Welcome to Tierra Whack's 'Whack World': The North Philly rapper only needs 15 minutes of your time," 22 June 2018 The band’s musical and personal bonds have enabled the four to overcome adversity, from a personal tragedy to being dropped by their first record label. George Varga, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Little Big Town a chart-topping, award-winning band with a mission (and a mission statement)," 14 June 2018

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Mixed plastics, which describes many items labeled with Codes 4-7, are harder to reuse, said Paul Rosynsky, a spokesperson for Waste Management, Northern California/Nevada. Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "Do you take recycling seriously? Here's how Sacramento's waste rules are changing," 10 July 2018 In addition to ranking second in the 40 among players labeled defensive linemen at the NFL Scouting Combine, his 38.5-inch vertical jump and 10-foot, 8-inch broad jump both led his position group. Josh Katzenstein, NOLA.com, "Ade Aruna's road from Nigeria to Tulane to NFL hopeful was filled with detours," 28 Apr. 2018 John Legend, a successful musician who has a famously happy relationship with his supermodel wife, gets labeled a beta, too. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Incels Hate Women," 27 Apr. 2018 Yoshi shines If a 34-year-old rookie reliever can be labeled a phenom then Diamondbacks seventh-inning specialist Yoshihisa Hirano is earning the label. Harvey Fialkov, azcentral, "Arizona Diamondbacks' Jon Jay, despite current slump, feels right at home in Miami," 28 June 2018 That said, some scientists believe more research needs to be conducted before GM foods can truly be labeled safe. Susmita Baral, Teen Vogue, "Genetically Modified Food Labels Are Coming, Here's What You Need to Know," 27 June 2018 Eleven Seven Music Group -- the hard rock label home to Vinnie Paul's band, Hellyeah -- has released a statement following the death of the prolific drummer. Hilary Hughes, Billboard, "Eleven Seven Label Group Responds to Death of 'Pioneer' & 'Absolute Legend' Vinnie Paul," 23 June 2018 But shirts labeled with hashtags like #OrlandoStrong, #HugsNotHate and #NeverAgain gave a clue about what made the rally different. Marco Santana, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Pulse victim's mom joins 'Wear Orange' rally for gun-law reform in Orlando," 2 June 2018 The girls challenge themselves with new climbing routes, which are labeled with color-coded foot holds, each time. Allison Bagley, Houston Chronicle, "Houston Reaches New Heights," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of label

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for label

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French labelle

Verb

see label entry 1

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label

noun

English Language Learners Definition of label

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a piece of paper, cloth, or similar material that is attached to something to identify or describe it

: a word or phrase that describes or identifies something or someone

: a company that produces musical recordings

label

verb

English Language Learners Definition of label (Entry 2 of 2)

: to put a word or name on something to describe or identify it : to attach a label to (something)

: to name or describe (someone or something) in a specified way : to give a label to (someone or something)

label

noun
la·​bel | \ˈlā-bəl \

Kids Definition of label

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a slip (as of paper or cloth) attached to something to identify or describe it

2 : a word or phrase that describes or names something or someone a part-of-speech label

label

verb
labeled or labelled; labeling or labelling

Kids Definition of label (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to put a word or words on (something) to identify or describe it Be sure to label your belongings.

2 : to name or describe with or as if with a label The team was labeled “the Dream Team.”

label

noun
la·​bel | \ˈlā-bəl \

Medical Definition of label 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a usually radioactive isotope used in labeling

labeled or labelled; labeling or labelling\ ˈlā-​b(ə-​)liŋ \

Medical Definition of label (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to distinguish (an element or atom) by using an isotope distinctive in some manner (as in mass or radioactivity) for tracing through chemical reactions or biological processes

2 : to distinguish (as a compound or cell) by introducing a traceable constituent (as a dye or labeled atom)

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