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)

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Though Tritt often caught flak early in his career for being unconventional, Waylon Jennings gave him advice that served him well, especially after his first label tried to change him. Deborah Evans Price, Billboard, "Travis Tritt on Taking a Decade Off Between Albums & Why His Legacy Is 'Set in Stone'," 4 May 2021 Manson was soon dropped from his record label Loma Vista Recordings and his talent agency, CAA. Natalie Morin, refinery29.com, "Game Of Thrones‘s Esmé Bianco Suing Marilyn Manson For Alleged Rape & Sex Trafficking," 1 May 2021 Manson is also currently under investigation by the L.A. County Sheriff's Department for allegations of domestic violence, and was dropped by his record label in the wake of the abuse accusations in February. Tyler Aquilina, EW.com, "Game of Thrones actress Esmé Bianco sues Marilyn Manson for sexual assault," 30 Apr. 2021 He was dropped by his recording label Loma Vista Recordings and Creative Artists Agency, according to Variety. Rasha Ali, USA TODAY, "'Game of Thrones' star Esmé Bianco sues Marilyn Manson for sexual assault, human trafficking," 30 Apr. 2021 As the founder of his own record label, Maybach Music Group, and owner of 24 Wingstop franchises throughout the South, the veteran rapper has always been thinking about ownership and building for the future. Jennifer Ogunsola, Essence, "Rick Ross Becomes A Boss In Healthcare With $1 Million Investment In Jetdoc," 29 Apr. 2021 Halston and his label were at the center of a major business dispute that rocked the fashion world. CNN, "A first look at Ewan McGregor's transformation into fashion designer Halston," 28 Apr. 2021 Take Gabriela Hearst’s tie-dye cashmere version, for example, which acts like an extension of her label’s kaleidoscopic tie-dye prints found on dresses and knitwear. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Think You Can’t Pull Off a Bucket Hat? These Styles Might Change Your Mind," 28 Apr. 2021 Lil Baby appears on Young Thug’s latest compilation Slime Language 2, released earlier this month on his Young Stoner Life label and also featuring Drake, Travis Scott, Future, Lil Uzi Vert, and Gunna. Claire Shaffer, Rolling Stone, "Lil Baby Teams Up With Megan Thee Stallion for ‘On Me’ Remix," 27 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Some people ask out of misguided, but genuine curiosity and effort to get to know you; others out of an aggressive need to label you, to categorize you in their minds as something recognizable. Olivia Truffaut-wong, refinery29.com, "Shadow & Bone’s Most Powerful Question Has A Different Meaning For A Lot Of Us," 3 May 2021 This has led detractors to label it a Trojan horse for the more sweeping and controversial Green New Deal. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "100 days: Migrant surge and big spending steal show in Biden's opening act," 29 Apr. 2021 Although authorities have yet to label it a hate crime or say that race was a motivating factor, many Asian Americans see the shootings as an attack on their entire race. Washington Post, "When mass shootings target a marginalized group, trauma ripples through those communities," 8 Apr. 2021 This prepared me to quickly recognize the outrageous claims made by members of the Trump White House staff, and to connect the dots to label them as antiscience disinformation. Peter J. Hotez, Scientific American, "The Antiscience Movement Is Escalating, Going Global and Killing Thousands," 29 Mar. 2021 Participants in the classes will be able to use the platform’s tag function to label themselves #TeamBrandy or #TeamMonica during their ride, adding Verzuz series’ signature competitive style to their virtual sweat session. Keyaira Boone, Essence, "Verzuz Is Coming To Peloton," 29 Mar. 2021 On either side of that view are those who say the new mascot projects a noble symbol of strength and protection and others who label it a lackluster replacement for the brand that marked the school and its sports teams for decades. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, "Glastonbury High School gets new mascot — designed by a student," 23 Mar. 2021 The European Commission has actually proposed an increase in the number of ingredients manufacturers must label as possible allergens on their packaging from 26 to more than 80. Noy Thrupkaew, Washington Post, "A Big Stink in the World of Perfume," 21 Apr. 2021 Yellen — Bloomberg reports U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen will decline to label China a currency manipulator, pushing the value of the yuan up 0.2% against the dollar—although the offshore currency remains 0.7% weaker overall in 2021. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "After cutting Jack Ma down to size, who will Beijing target next?," 13 Apr. 2021

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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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8 May 2021

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“Label.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/label. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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 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 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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