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

mark, tag, ticket

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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

The hope is that the resulting network will generalize, producing the correct labels for examples previously not in its training set. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "How computers got shockingly good at recognizing images," 18 Dec. 2018 For her own wedding, Chopra turned to local Indian labels, like Khosla Jani by Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla, for the various ceremonies celebrated over the weekend. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Attended Their Friend's Wedding—and Of Course They Looked Spectacular," 12 Dec. 2018 The artist Sue Webster painted the label for this wine, which is made in Tuscany by Camiliano, after her divorce from her artist partner Tim Noble. Sally Singer, Vogue, "10 Holiday Gifts That Dazzle, Then Largely Disappear," 29 Nov. 2018 Coming up with these scents wasn't a matter of partnering with a company and slapping her name on the label. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "You're Going To Be Obsessed With Amber Interiors' New Candles," 11 Sep. 2018 Banogu has been named the Big 12’s preseason defensive player of the year, in polling by conference media, a fitting label for a guy coming off a season with 8.5 sacks, 16.5 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "The Preseason Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year plays for TCU. Here’s who it is," 11 July 2018 In general, these types of single-ingredient vitamins and minerals usually check out as free of contaminants and containing the dose claimed on the label. Peter Andrey Smith, Outside Online, "Don't Trust the Label on Your Supplements," 5 July 2018 Ask one of the garden center experts for help locating the product and apply as instructed on the label for lawn insect control. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Summer heat, rain not kind to geraniums," 30 June 2018 The role will see Ostroff take on responsibilities for negotiating with music labels for video and audio programming. Claire Atkinson, NBC News, "Spotify hires former Condé Nast exec Dawn Ostroff as chief content officer," 26 June 2018

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Huawei has been effectively blocked from selling its telecommunications equipment in the U.S. since a 2012 Congressional report labeled it a national security threat. Dan Strumpf, WSJ, "U.S. Blocks Some Exports From Huawei’s Silicon Valley Unit," 10 Jan. 2019 Romaine lettuce entering the market will now be labeled with a harvest location and date. Jesse Newman, WSJ, "Regulators Pinpoint One Source of Latest Romaine Lettuce Outbreak," 13 Dec. 2018 This month, her long journey culminated in the launch of her cutting-edge ski intimates label, Matek. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "Introducing Matek, a New Line of Cutting-Edge Ski Intimates," 4 Dec. 2018 Federal health officials said Monday that only romaine lettuce from certain parts of California is unsafe to eat and romaine lettuce entering the market will now be labeled to give consumers information about when and where it was harvested. Lena H. Sun, The Seattle Times, "FDA: California is likely source of contaminated romaine lettuce," 26 Nov. 2018 In 2012, the European Medicines Agency required that Abilify be labeled with a special warning, noting the post-market reports of pathological gambling. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Blockbuster drug Abilify nears Judgment Day over compulsive gambling, sex," 3 Aug. 2018 The most common route to Riverbend and Coney Island is exit 72, labeled Kellogg Avenue, but this exit is overused on the days of big events. Cameron Knight, Cincinnati.com, "How to get to Riverbend without getting stuck in traffic," 6 July 2018 Janney, 68, doesn’t like to be labeled avant-garde. Cindy Atoji Keene, BostonGlobe.com, "Art ‘eats at me all day long’," 29 June 2018 The situation that has led Ettel to be labeled a racist originally began as a noise complaint. Renae Reints, Fortune, "'Permit Patty' Resigns from Role as CEO of Cannabis Company," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of label

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Verb

1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for label

Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French labelle

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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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