label

noun
la·​bel | \ ˈlā-bəl How to pronounce label (audio) \

Definition of label

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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
2a(1) : a brand of commercial recordings issued under a usually trademarked name
(2) : a company issuing such recordings The band has made records for several different labels.
(3) : a recording so issued
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.
3 : an adhesive stamp (as for postage or revenue)
4 : a heraldic charge that consists of a narrow horizontal band with usually three pendants
5 archaic : band, fillet specifically : one attached to a document to hold an appended seal

label

verb
labeled or labelled; labeling or labelling\ ˈlā-​b(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce label (audio) \

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)

Other Words from label

Verb

labelable \ ˈlā-​bə-​lə-​bəl How to pronounce label (audio) \ adjective
labeler \ ˈlā-​b(ə-​)lər How to pronounce label (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for label

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Earlier this year Malik and Warner Music India revealed a strategic partnership to launch new record label Always Music Global. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 22 July 2022 Spotify pays out to the song’s copyright owner, typically a record label. Stephen Humphries, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 July 2022 When some brave, enterprising record label finally releases the Bonfire of Teenagers album, the TikTok generation should heed its warning. Armond White, National Review, 20 July 2022 Cutting Edge Group, a 15-year-old film and tv music company out of London whose services includes music publishing and a record label, has also been acquiring composers’ rights. Ethan Millman, Rolling Stone, 19 July 2022 Elsewhere in the interview, Ross spoke about his career at large and how he's gone from simply a rapper to the owner of several business including record label Maybach Music Group and several Wingstop franchises. Jack Irvin, PEOPLE.com, 18 July 2022 Rae’s record label handles music supervision for the series, and Insecure alums make cameos throughout. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 July 2022 Be sure to check the label and care instructions on your yoga mat prior to using the methods mentioned in this article. Patricia Shannon, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 July 2022 And unlike many artists, Bush owns her masters and record label, meaning her money hill is turning into a mountain. Alexandra Sternlicht, Forbes, 1 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The more organized, the better: Separate ingredients in reusable deli containers or ziplock bags and label them with tape and a sharpie. Jess Lander, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 July 2022 Ashok Elluswamy, director of Autopilot software, said at the AI Day event that Tesla was able to collect 10,000 video clips from its cars and automatically label them in a week. Matt Mcfarland, CNN, 29 June 2022 The organization declined this week to label it a global health emergency. Meredith Cohn, Baltimore Sun, 28 June 2022 Outside money is playing a big role in this race, with all three top-polling contenders being aided by groups that are spending millions to slam opposing candidates and label them as out of touch with Alabama voters. New York Times, 24 May 2022 Data annotation specialists use software tools to manually label objects in video clips collected from Tesla vehicles. Matt Mcfarland, CNN, 29 June 2022 Ogden’s Own started the Five Husbands label in 2019, a variation on their Five Wives Vodka, whose name is a comedic riff on Utah’s polygamist history. Stefene Russell, The Salt Lake Tribune, 2 June 2022 In addition to his work in Depeche Mode, Fletcher briefly ran an imprint of storied British indie label Mute Records called Toast Hawaii, signing electro-pop duo Client. Andrew Unterberger, Billboard, 26 May 2022 Twitter and Facebook, pressured at times by their employees, took more steps to pull down or label posts that might break their rules against false information and tinkered with computer systems to suppress viral lies from spreading far and fast. New York Times, 26 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of label

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

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
la·​bel | \ ˈlā-bəl How to pronounce label (audio) \

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 How to pronounce label (audio) \

Medical Definition of label

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a usually radioactive isotope used in labeling

label

transitive verb
labeled or labelled; labeling or labelling\ ˈlā-​b(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce label (audio) \

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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