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 labelling (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)

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Other Words from label

Verb

labelable \ ˈlā-​bə-​lə-​bəl How to pronounce labelable (audio) \ adjective
labeler \ ˈlā-​b(ə-​)lər How to pronounce labeler (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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Twitter left the message up but put it behind a warning label so that users would need to click through to see it. NBC News, "Journalists in Louisville hit by pepper bullets while on live TV," 31 May 2020 Within two-and-a-half hours of the post, Twitter had placed a warning label on it saying it glorified violence. Donie O'sullivan, CNN, "Zuckerberg finally explains why Facebook is doing nothing about Trump's posts," 29 May 2020 Twitter's first use of a label on Mr. Trump's tweets comes as platforms gear up to combat misinformation around the U.S. presidential election. Zeke Miller, The Christian Science Monitor, "Trump fires back at Twitter's fact-check with executive order," 28 May 2020 In addition to the Sands properties, Bureau Veritas will also certify Meliá Hotels International as well as develop a certification label for Accor hotels based on sanitary measures. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, "Las Vegas Sands Hotels — Including the Venetian and Marina Bay Sands — Will Be Certified As Safe by Independent Company," 28 May 2020 Twitter's first use of a label on Trump's tweets comes as platforms gear up to combat misinformation around the U.S. presidential election. Author: Zeke Miller, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump prepares executive order targeting social media protections after Twitter fact-checked him," 28 May 2020 Twitter’s first use of a label on Trump’s tweets comes as platforms gear up to combat misinformation around the U.S. presidential election. Zeke Miller, Houston Chronicle, "Trump preparing order targeting social media protections," 28 May 2020 However, both remain question marks, a label that can be applied to the others at this spot. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "The 4 positions for the 49ers that could become problematic if injuries hit," 27 May 2020 In terms of timing, Twitter's application of a fact-check label came on the same day critics called out another bizarre post from the president: an indirect accusation of murder. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Twitter’s first fact-check on President Trump calls out “false claims” [Updated]," 26 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That comes after Twitter labeled another Trump tweet about mail-in ballots as misinformation. Danielle Abril, Fortune, "Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg decides against removing Trump’s controversial post," 30 May 2020 Designed by legendary customizer George Barris and driven by Adam West, I'm currently struck by just how well-labeled every batgadget happens to be. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Which Batmobile is best? This documentary looks at all Batman’s rides," 26 May 2020 This was Hajji Abdullah, a religious judge at the time and labeled one of the architects of the militant group’s enslavement of Iraq’s Yazidi religious minority, who rose to become deputy to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Washington Post, "AP News in Brief at 6:04 a.m. EDT," 21 May 2020 For the kids in Terre Haute who could have labeled him a hypocrite. Jon Blau, The Indianapolis Star, "Ernie Thompson keeps promise to Bill Mallory, gets diploma from IU at age 50," 17 May 2020 Around noon each Friday, co-owner Simi Johnston, donning her mask, puts out brown paper bags with grocery orders, each labeled with the customer’s name for pickup. Gareth Henderson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Milk, bread, and comfort: Why Vermont’s country stores are essential," 8 May 2020 An epidemic that has spread around the world is technically considered and often labeled a pandemic. Omar Saeed, Teen Vogue, "What Is “Public Health” and What Does It Mean for the Coronavirus and COVID-19?," 30 Mar. 2020 His medical center was labeled un-American and subversive. John Blake, CNN, "What Americans who beat the Great Depression can teach us today," 7 May 2020 Other false claims were not labeled as misinformation, despite being declared by fact-checkers as false. Barbara Ortutay And Amanda Seitz, USA TODAY, "Did you like a hoax? Facebook to warn users who 'liked' coronavirus hoaxes," 17 Apr. 2020

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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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The first known use of label was in the 14th century

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2 Jun 2020

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“Label.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/label. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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label

noun
How to pronounce label (audio)

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