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label

noun la·bel \ ˈlā-bəl \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of label

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
3 a :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)
5 a (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.

Examples of label in a Sentence

  1. The name is prominently displayed on the label.

  2. You should read the warning label before you take any medicine.

  3. The word was given the label “obsolete.”

  4. Some people describe him as “selfish,” but he doesn't deserve that label.

  5. Once you give people labels, it's hard to see them as individuals.

  6. The band has made records for several different labels in their career.

Recent Examples of label from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of label

Middle English, from Anglo-French labelle

label Synonyms


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label

verb

Definition of label

labeled or labelled; labeling or labelling play \ˈlā-b(ə-)liŋ\
transitive verb
1 a :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
2 a :to distinguish (an element or atom) by using an isotope (see isotope 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)

labelable

play \ˈlā-bə-lə-bəl\ adjective

labeler

play \ˈlā-b(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of label in a Sentence

  1. Be sure to carefully label the switches so that you don't confuse them.

  2. He labels his photographs with the date and place they were taken.

Recent Examples of label from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of label

see 1label

label Synonyms



LABEL Defined for English Language Learners

label

noun

Definition of label for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of label for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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label

noun la·bel \ ˈlā-bəl \

Definition of label for Students

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

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label

verb

Definition of label for Students

labeled or labelled; labeling or labelling
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.”

Medical Dictionary

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label

noun la·bel \ ˈlā-bəl \

medical Definition of label

:a usually radioactive isotope used in labeling

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label

transitive verb

medical Definition of label

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