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 Newcomers can simply design a label and outsource production to a wholesaler that deals in bulk. Author: Holbrook Mohr, Anchorage Daily News, "State authorities concerned by street drug in some CBD vapes," 17 Sep. 2019 In the late nineteen-sixties and early seventies, what today is called gender dysphoria didn’t have a diagnostic label. Jeremy Lybarger, The New Yorker, "Lou Sullivan’s Diaries Are a Radical Testament to Trans Happiness," 16 Sep. 2019 But promises of a major Trubisky breakthrough were also occasionally pushed by some in the media world who gleefully guzzled the Kool-Aid without reading the ingredients label. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "Column: The Bears’ Week 1 implosion felt like the Fyre Festival. So what’s next for Mitch Trubisky and the offense?," 8 Sep. 2019 Everything can be shipped back in one big box with a return label that's already paid for and provided in advance. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Amazon Prime Wardrobe," 28 Aug. 2019 The agency encourages consumers to always read the label, ask hair professionals for an ingredient list, and report all negative reactions. Olivia Fleming & Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Ultimate Guide to Clean Beauty," 12 Aug. 2019 Its reputation allows the brand to market itself as a specialty label. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "Blue Spring Living Water is making a splash in Alabama," 11 Aug. 2019 Her covers led to Madilyn signing with a label and heading on a tour through the U.S. and Canada. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "These 8 Facts About Madilyn Bailey Will Make You Obsessed With Her," 7 Aug. 2019 When China was more clearly manipulating its currency in the 2000s, officials at the Treasury feared that a formal label could risk a trade war. The Economist, "The Trump administration labels China a currency manipulator," 6 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Some struggled for years after they were labeled as members of the Black 14. NBC News, "14 black football players kicked off team over protest armbands are honored 50 years later," 13 Sep. 2019 Deception aside, deepfake videos can feel invasive and exploitative even when they are clearly labeled as fake. David Singer, The Hollywood Reporter, "How Hollywood Can (and Can’t) Fight Back Against Deepfake Videos (Guest Column)," 7 Sep. 2019 Getting a handle on how much plastic waste comes from menstrual products is tough, in part because it’s labeled as medical waste and does not need to be tracked, and in part because so little research has even looked at the scope of the problem. Alejandra Borunda, National Geographic, "How tampons and pads became so unsustainable," 6 Sep. 2019 The dig of calling someone Fredo is twofold: They get labeled not just a Mafioso but also a failed, pathetic one. Alex Norcia, New York Times, "Is ‘Fredo’ a Movie Reference or an Ethnic Slight? Depends Who You’re Yelling At," 4 Sep. 2019 But of course, Williams’ pushback in defense of her performance wasn’t deemed positive, and she was immediately labeled the stereotypical ‘angry Black woman’ — a title so many of us try to avoid. Chasity S. Cooper, Essence, "For Black Women Navigating Corporate Careers, This Book Is A Must-Read," 20 Aug. 2019 On top of claiming that Roundup caused tens of thousands of people’s cancers, the suits allege that Monsanto deliberately manipulated public information and science on glyphosate to avoid it being labeled as a carcinogen. Zoë Schlanger, Quartz, "Syngenta just funded a study on the best way to spray glyphosate," 16 Aug. 2019 As a knuckleballer, you get labeled as a junk-ball pitcher. Matthew Gutierrez, The Denver Post, "The knuckleball is quickly going extinct in MLB," 15 Aug. 2019 Foods can still be organic even if they're not labeled as such. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "What Does "Organic" Actually Mean? Here's How to Decode the USDA Label, According to a Nutritionist," 15 July 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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The first known use of label was in the 14th century

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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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