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Definition of name

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a word or phrase that constitutes the distinctive designation of a person or thing The boy's name is Brad.
b : a word or symbol used in logic to designate an entity
2 : a descriptive often disparaging epithet called him names
3a : reputation gave the town a bad name
b : an illustrious record : fame made a name for himself in golf
c : a person or thing with a reputation one of the most detested names in history
4 : family, clan was a disgrace to his name
5 : appearance as opposed to reality a friend in name only
6 : one referred to by a name praise his holy name
in the name of
1 : by authority of open in the name of the law
2 : for the reason of : using the excuse of called for reforms in the name of progress


named; naming

Definition of name (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to give a name to : call
2a : to mention or identify by name refused to name a suspect
b : to accuse by name
3 : to nominate for office : appoint
4 : to decide on : choose name the day of the wedding
5 : to mention explicitly : specify unwilling to name a price

Definition of name (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : of, relating to, or bearing a name name tags
2 : appearing in the name of a literary or theatrical production
3a : having an established reputation
b : featuring celebrities

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Other Words from name


namer noun

Examples of name in a Sentence

Noun Please write your name on this line. State your name and occupation. I refused to give them my name. Mark Twain's real name was Samuel Clemens. She registered at the hotel under a false name. My full name is Susan Elaine Smith. We had to memorize the names of all the countries in Africa. “What's your dog's name?” “His name is Sandy.” This is his song “Loving You” from the album of the same name. The ship's name was “Titanic.” Verb “What are you going to name your new dog?” “I think I'll name him Sandy.” The aptly named HMS “Victorious” helped the British Royal Navy win an important victory. A man named James Smith is on the phone. We named our daughter “Mary” in honor of her grandmother. Can you name the person who attacked you? All of the authors named above were influenced by his work. She was named to replace him as the company's vice president. Adjective the university's physics department boasts a number of name physicists
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun My boyfriend from high school, his name is Tyshawn. Geoff Edgers, Washington Post, "Q&A with Chelsea Handler: How the comedian decided to deal with anger and sadness," 7 Aug. 2020 Let go of your name, your gender, your race, your history, your religion, your politics and passions. Pamela Miller, Star Tribune, "Review: "The Wolf's Trail," by Thomas D. Peacock," 7 Aug. 2020 The Rocket City Trash Pandas, a AA minor-league baseball team slated to begin play next summer, photoshopped their name and photo onto the top of the poll. Aria Gerson, USA TODAY, "Everything you need to know about the 2020 college football Amway Coaches Poll," 7 Aug. 2020 As Schiepek, 19, of Rogers City, a sophomore studying environmental sciences, pulled into the parking lot, she was greeted by a college staffer, who checked her name off against a list of students scheduled to check-in. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "Lake Superior State University among 1st in Michigan to test campus living during pandemic," 7 Aug. 2020 Her name, determined by members of Disney’s animal-care team, continues a colorful theme. Dewayne Bevil,, "Disney World: Baby mandrill gets colorful name," 7 Aug. 2020 The worker called the state numerous times and filed a police report, telling officers that a fraudulent unemployment claim had been filed in his name. The Enquirer, "270K unemployment claims on hold amid concerns about fraud," 6 Aug. 2020 The same was true of the tribe that gave Yosemite its name, but in John Muir’s eyes, and Roosevelt’s, what had been long inhabitation was viewed as encroachment. David Gessner, Outside Online, "Are National Parks Really America's Best Idea?," 6 Aug. 2020 The Zola movie stars Taylour Paige in the title role and Riley Keough as the Jessica character, though her name is Stefani in the film. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "The First Zola Movie Trailer Is Here, and It’s So Good," 6 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb There was the Medo-Persian empire, the Babylonians, the Roman empire, Nazi Germany, Stalin and Mussolini to just name a few. The Rev. Mike Taylor,, "Taylor: Is America at a tipping point in the natural and the spiritual? | RELIGION COMMENTARY," 8 Aug. 2020 The Wilsons’ home is full of other Kociomyk paintings, as well as Leroy Neiman lithographs, Guillaume Azoulay lithographs and original art and sculptures by Marvin Finn, Erté and Frederick Hart, to name a few. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, "Prospect condo is decked out with original art, high-end furniture and a whole lot of bears," 6 Aug. 2020 Other stars who have been spotted with the Supergas include Jessica Alba, Jennifer Anniston, Emma Roberts, Alexa Chung, and Emma Watson (just to name a few). Amanda Tarlton, USA TODAY, "30+ amazing women’s fashion deals from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale," 6 Aug. 2020 Other notable recognition came for Insecure, A Black Lady Sketch Show, black-ish, Hollywood and Euphoria, to name a few. Benjamin Vanhoose,, "2020 Emmy Nominations Criticized by Hispanic Caucus for 'Erasure' of Latinx Actors," 29 July 2020 After moving from Roxbury, Burroughs returned to spend time there in nature—alongside figures including Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir, and Thomas Edison, to name a few. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "The ICAA's Latest Video Series Spotlights Overlooked Architectural Gems Across the Country," 23 July 2020 Galaxy’s Edge in Hollywood Studios, and sailing down Discovery River in Animal Kingdom, just to name a few. Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, "Disney World Theme Parks Are Reopening Today — Here's What Guests Can Expect," 11 July 2020 Cold layups come with extra precautions, too, such as sealing off external doors and windows, moving linens to a dry place, putting mattresses on edge, opening all dresser drawers and closets, and sealing bathroom fixtures, to name a few. Fran Golden, Fortune, "The perfect storm: What do you do with cruise ships that cannot set sail?," 11 July 2020 Often, the kids are dealing with difficulties, including bullying, parents going through a divorce, grappling with an illness, or suffering the loss of a family member, just to name a few. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, "Lucy's Love Blankets Provide Comfort to Children in Need," 9 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Although pancake mix and syrup are not sold out in most stores, most popular or name brand items are harder to come by. Dallas News, "Here’s what’s low or out of stock at North Texas grocery stores," 26 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of name


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for name

Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Old English nama; akin to Old High German namo name, Latin nomen, Greek onoma, onyma

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The first known use of name was before the 12th century

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10 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Name.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of name

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a word or phrase that refers to or that can refer to a specific person
: a word or phrase that refers to a specific place or thing
: a word or phrase that refers to a type or group of things



English Language Learners Definition of name (Entry 2 of 3)

: to give a name to (someone or something)
: to say the name of (someone or something)
: to choose (someone) to be (something)

English Language Learners Definition of name (Entry 3 of 3)

chiefly US : having a well-known name and good reputation


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Kids Definition of name

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a word or combination of words by which a person or thing is known
2 : reputation sense 2 She made a name for herself in the restaurant business.
3 : a word or phrase used to describe and insult someone Stop calling me names!


named; naming

Kids Definition of name (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : to choose a word or words by which something will be known : give a name to They plan to name the baby Diana.
2 : to refer to by the word by which a person or thing is known : call by name Can you name all the state capitals?
3 : to appoint to a job of authority Our principal was named superintendent of schools.
4 : to decide on Have you named the date for your wedding?
5 : mention entry 2 Just name your price.
6 : to choose to be Their son was named student of the year.

Kids Definition of name (Entry 3 of 3)

: well-known because of wide distribution That store doesn't sell name brands.

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