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 That phrase could easily serve as the design label for anything written by Horowitz himself. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, "Agatha Christie fans, take note: Anthony Horowitz has a clever new twist on the classic whodunit," 11 Nov. 2020 The actor stepped out in a bright orange hoodie by the French label, which is currently spearheaded by Hedi Slimane. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Timothée Chalamet Makes a Case For the High Fashion Hoodie," 9 Nov. 2020 Instead, through no fault of his own, his tenure may earn a less-inspiring label: a gridlock presidency. Doyle Mcmanus Washington Columnist, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Biden wanted to be FDR. Not gonna happen," 8 Nov. 2020 The Skokie resident has produced an event featuring them, created a traveling exhibit honoring them, and now has a record label for them in partnership with Highland Park resident Allen Winkler. Myrna Petlicki, chicagotribune.com, "Traveling exhibit salutes women of the blues," 21 Oct. 2020 In Korean boy band news, Big Hit Entertainment, the music label for K-pop group BTS, had a rousing stock market debut in Seoul today. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Dollar up, stocks down as curfews, COVID and underwhelming corporate results spook investors," 15 Oct. 2020 Sunnyglade Patio Umbrella for $33.90 (Save $8.48): This stylish outdoor patio earned its Amazon's Choice label for its sturdiness and high-quality material. Felicity Warner, USA TODAY, "Amazon has a ton of outdoor furniture on sale for Prime Day 2020—shop the best deals," 14 Oct. 2020 Packaging expenses include glass, a cork, a capsule (the foil that covers the cork) and a label, typically around $1.30 per bottle for Kitson. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "The seemingly impossible: an artisanal bottle of California wine for $10," 16 Sep. 2020 Of course, as with any skincare product, be sure to follow the manufacturer's directions on the label for proper application and best results. Danusia Wnek, Good Housekeeping, "What Is Retinol? Facts About Its Uses, Benefits, and Side Effects," 23 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Luckily, Whistles has a solution — simply label your weekend with soft cotton leisurewear. Laura Sutherland, CNN Underscored, "The best early Black Friday UK deals to shop right now," 23 Nov. 2020 Wednesday’s hearing came together after months of protest by President Trump and Republican lawmakers over actions by the tech companies to label, remove and limit the reach of posts. Cecilia Kang, New York Times, "Republicans Blast Social Media C.E.O.s While Democrats Deride Hearing," 28 Oct. 2020 If a presidential candidate or party declares premature victory, the company will apply labels to posts saying the counting is still continuing or will label the post with the name of the winner. Author: Elizabeth Dwoskin, Anchorage Daily News, "Facebook to suspend political ads in U.S. after polls close Nov. 3, broadening earlier restrictions," 7 Oct. 2020 If a presidential candidate or party declares premature victory, the company will apply labels to posts saying that the counting is still continuing or will label the post with the name of the winner. Elizabeth Dwoskin, Washington Post, "Facebook to temporarily halt all political ads in U.S. after polls close Nov. 3, broadening earlier restrictions," 7 Oct. 2020 So when politicians continually label each other with crude epithets and infuriate people by taking – or not taking – certain actions, the public responds by lowering their evaluations of Washington. Steven Webster, The Conversation, "Angry Americans: How political rage helps campaigns but hurts democracy," 10 Sep. 2020 Facebook's approach to tamping down the spread of fake news is to label all political content as potentially biased, and in Dr. Trevisan's opinion, that strategy is less effective. Olivia Harrison, refinery29.com, "Here’s How To Identify Fake Info On Social Media — Because We Know You’re Scrolling," 6 Nov. 2020 If freezing, carefully label each freezer bag with the amount of turkey and the date before storing away in the freezer. Patricia S York, Southern Living, "How To Reheat Turkey," 6 Nov. 2020 The company will label posts with premature declarations of victory to authoritative information. Washington Post, "Facebook CEO Zuckerberg calls 2020 election ‘test’," 29 Oct. 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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15 Nov 2020

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“Label.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/label. Accessed 30 Nov. 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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