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

marker, tag, ticket

Synonyms: Verb

mark, tag, ticket

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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

From Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Chico, California, the Initiative has acquired a first run of labels for beers like its iconic Pale Ale. Theresa Mcculla, Smithsonian, "Here’s What’s Brewing in the New Smithsonian Beer Collections," 16 Sep. 2019 Its growth continued rapidly, and in 2009, it was declared as one of the main labels under its parent company. Benzinga, Detroit Free Press, "Trade hope emerges and the bond rate inversion ends," 8 Sep. 2019 One first step restaurant operators can do to read the packaging label for all their ingredients, Cochran suggested. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, azcentral, "These 3 metro Phoenix restaurants are being recognized as leaders in sustainability," 2 Sep. 2019 The psychedelic technique once synonymous with counterculture hippiedom has re-emerged in a number of young labels including Long Dawn Emily’s all-natural pieces, and Collina Strada’s camp-counselor inspired collection. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Of Course Céline Dion Gave Tie-Dye an OTT Twist," 20 Aug. 2019 The replica is exact down to the serial numbers engraved on the components and the typography of the labels. Daniel Oberhaus, WIRED, "A Photographer Made a Working Replica of NASA’s Moon Camera," 12 Aug. 2019 Also, Intel has officially done away with the U-series and Y-series labels for notebooks and tablets. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel launches 10th-gen 'Ice Lake' chips, pushing hard on graphics for notebook PCs," 1 Aug. 2019 Of all the labels laid on this band — punk, post-punk, alternative — none are accurate. Kevin Williams, chicagotribune.com, "Pitchfork Music Fest 2019: A dramatic day 2 brings disco, a marching band and matching outfits," 20 July 2019 Walker's family and the survivor of the home invasion are suing McIntyre's record label for the tape's profits. Fox News, "Teen rapper convicted of murder in Texas home invasion," 20 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Kenosha Country Sheriff David Beth told reporters that the employees filled cartridges with syringes loaded from jars labeled as containing THC oil. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Black-market THC-vape operation busted in Wisconsin, police say," 12 Sep. 2019 The startup’s technology—referred to in the industry as data wrangling—sorts through copious amounts of data in order to standardize the information, which can often be labeled differently or duplicated when it's stored in multiple databases. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "The A.I. Boom Helped This Data Cleaning Startup Collect $100 Million From Investors," 12 Sep. 2019 All marijuana products already have to be labeled with the state's identifying symbol — an upside-down green triangle with a marijuana leaf inside — and a warning that the product contains THC. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "House bill would mandate warning labels on pot products for women who are pregnant," 10 Sep. 2019 Joe’s pick: Alabama 62, New Mexico State 3 Pro says: The New Mexico State football program should be labeled Last Chance U of the FBS. Joseph Goodman, al, "Auburn is in for a fight; Shocking upset on tap for a national contender," 5 Sep. 2019 There are also no regulations specifying the maximum amount of caffeine coffee can contain in order to be labeled decaf, Arnold says. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Turns Out Decaf Coffee Has Caffeine, Which Feels Like a Betrayal," 29 Aug. 2019 Antifa, which is short for anti-fascist, has been facing scrutiny and calls to be labeled as a domestic terrorist organization, particularly after a series of violent incidents in Portland, Ore. Fox News, "Iowa prof says 'I am Antifa'; once posted desire to bash Trump with baseball bat," 23 Aug. 2019 The group and others also repeated their accusations that Kyl is anti-Muslim, pointing out his ties to the Center for Security Policy, which the Southern Poverty Law Center has labeled a hate group. Levi Sumagaysay, The Mercury News, "Bias at Facebook? Audit lists conservatives’ complaints," 20 Aug. 2019 Texas Senator Ted Cruz recently called on the FBI to investigate Antifa, a highly decentralized anti-fascist movement, and said it should be labeled a terrorist organization. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Danger of a Domestic Terrorism Law," 15 Aug. 2019

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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

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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