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

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

Beckham’s style is bold and distinct, a mix of sport and street with a steady flow of designer labels: Supreme, Gucci and Balenciaga, to name a few. Jamie Lisanti, SI.com, "Fashionable 50," 10 July 2018 Legal consumer fireworks will have labels and instructions on them. Joshua Trudell, ajc, "10 ways to enjoy Fourth of July fireworks safely," 27 June 2018 The brainchild of one of the famed Antwerp Six designers was one of the few independent and successful labels. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Dries Van Noten Acquired by Luxury Conglomerate," 14 June 2018 The race is nonpartisan, but party labels and backing do still matter in fundraising efforts. Stephen Hudak, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Jerry Demings submits required resignation letter as sheriff to run for Orange County mayor," 7 June 2018 Read signs and labels, and shop at stores that care about sustainability of the oceans and preserving fish populations. Jeanmarie Brownson, charlotteobserver, "How to stock your kitchen for quick shrimp dinners," 29 May 2018 But even its daylong release will be a game-changer for the Joe Freshgoods label and Chicago streetwear. Katie Powers, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Food & Drink / Free Shit / Style DIY designer Joe Freshgoods takes Chicago streetwear out of town with McDonald’s partnership," 24 May 2018 Women may not always be able to avoid exposure, but reading product labels and eating organic fruits and vegetables can help minimize the risk, Nigg advised. Fox News, "Banned pregnancy drug tied to ADHD generations later," 23 May 2018 Empire Distribution — a record label and publishing company that has worked with such hip-hop artists as T.I., Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar — had brought its own trademark claims, but Fox prevailed, thanks to the Rogers test. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Star Trek'/Dr. Seuss Mashup Creator Beats Trademark Claims," 22 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Luminar also has a new product on the market: 3D perception software to help label and annotate all the images captured by its lidar sensors. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Volvo’s self-driving cars are getting new laser sensors to see the world," 14 June 2018 The group has labeled themselves Louisville Neighbors for Responsible Growth. Justin Sayers, The Courier-Journal, "Topgolf moves planned site 200 feet west but neighbors still unhappy," 7 June 2018 The left-leaning NC Policy Watch and the nonpartisan Public School Forum of North Carolina have also labeled the bill a return to segregation. Ann Doss Helms, charlotteobserver, "Segregation in 2018? Resistance builds as NC town charter school bill labeled racist," 5 June 2018 There are also a few rules: Pets must ride beneath seats in approved, labeled pet carriers. Rachel Rabkin Peachman, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Travel Safely With Pets," 25 May 2018 Officially labeled drift gillnets, the large nets are used by industrial fishing operations in some parts of the world. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "Shocking Video Shows Impacts of Controversial Fishing Method," 27 Apr. 2018 On the other hand, Jackson has been labeled a mid- to late first-round to falling out of the second round. John Henry, star-telegram, "Winning a Heisman Trophy doesn't guarantee anything in the NFL Draft | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 25 Apr. 2018 Under layers of packaging, there was a box labeled Smart Watch, with no brand name. Alana Semuels, The Atlantic, "The Problem With Buying Cheap Stuff Online," 22 May 2018 Christians through the centuries have been so tempted, and spiritual writers have labeled these false paths Gnosticism and Pelagianism. Thomas Reese, Houston Chronicle, "Pope Francis warns of two false paths to holiness," 12 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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