name

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noun

1
a
: 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
3
a
: 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

name

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verb

named; naming

transitive verb

1
: to give a name to : call
2
a
: 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
namer noun

name

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adjective

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

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The Atlantic diet is making a name for itself in the research world, and could rival the Mediterranean diet as an alternative way to significantly boost overall health. Sarah Garone, Health, 1 Mar. 2024 In December 2014, Congress authorized the federal government to trade Oak Flat Campground, also known by its Apache name of Chi'chil Biłdagoteel, for parcels of environmentally sensitive private land owned by Resolution, a subsidiary of British-Australian mining companies Rio Tinto and BHP. The Arizona Republic, 29 Feb. 2024 Pittsburgh wasn’t selected to become the home of metal additive manufacturing (AM) — the industrial name for 3D printing — solely because of its history in metal fabrication. Carolyn Schwaar, Forbes, 29 Feb. 2024 In its 10-K filing Feb. 27 with the SEC, TKO revealed two dozen additional names and taglines — previously the property of WWE — that are now in Johnson’s control. Todd Spangler, Variety, 29 Feb. 2024 Both ingredients can appear on labels with a variety of names — including retinyl acetate or all-trans retinoic acid for the former, and glycolic, lactic or citric acid for the latter. Katie Mogg, NBC News, 29 Feb. 2024 With that feat, Tones (real name: Toni Watson) becomes the first female artist to achieve that streaming milestone. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 29 Feb. 2024 Some of the bars even have what look like Judas Priest–themed names, like Halford in Berlin and Rocka Rolla in Brooklyn. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 29 Feb. 2024 Putin famously refused to utter Navalny’s name, hinting at the deep unease about the legitimacy Navalny commanded as opposition leader. Nathan Hodge, CNN, 17 Feb. 2024
Verb
He was named a team captain and was accepted into the Masters of Viticulture and Enology program during his tenure. Noël Burgess, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2024 In the American market, the list of automakers that have abandoned manual transmissions for good is a lot longer than those that haven’t and includes Mercedes, Audi, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Lexus, Jaguar, Maserati, and Aston Martin, to name several. Kyle Hyatt, Robb Report, 1 Mar. 2024 Scottsdale was named the 10th happiest city in the U.S. in a recent WalletHub ranking that examined 182 cities based on 29 key indicators of happiness, including depression rates, income-growth rates and average leisure time per day. Laura Daniella Sepulveda, The Arizona Republic, 1 Mar. 2024 Salcedo was named Best New Filmmaker of the Year in 2020 and is an award-winning director with over 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry. Diego Ramos Bechara, Variety, 1 Mar. 2024 Bird was named National College Player of the Year in 1979 and led the Sycamores to the national championship game against Michigan State University, and Magic Johnson, the same season. Marina Johnson, The Indianapolis Star, 1 Mar. 2024 Designed by Lloyd Wright, famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s son, the 100-seat glass-and-wood chapel was only recently named a national historic landmark, a designation Brown had been chasing to help with fundraising. Grace Toohey, Los Angeles Times, 1 Mar. 2024 At the school, William was gifted with three dragon toys, which a student humorously suggested naming after the three pupils who were picked to present them. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 1 Mar. 2024 Across town, Black Tooth Brewing Company (named after the nearby 13,014-foot Black Tooth Mountain) feels like a bustling hometown spot to hang out with an award-winning beer. Molly O’Brien, Travel + Leisure, 1 Mar. 2024
Adjective
As interesting as the pro-name change argument may be, Zaslav may ultimately decide it’s not worth the investment in time and resources to make what is at the core a cosmetic change. Vulture, 23 June 2022 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, 26 Apr. 2020 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun and Verb

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

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

Adjective

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Name.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/name. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

name

1 of 3 noun
1
: a word or combination of words by which a person or thing is regularly known
2
: a descriptive often insulting word or phrase
called him names
3
: reputation sense 2
made a name for herself
4
: appearance as opposed to fact
a friend in name only

name

2 of 3 verb
named; naming
1
: to give a name to : call
2
a
: to mention or identify by name
b
: to accuse by name
name the culprit
3
: to nominate for office : appoint
named the diplomat Secretary of State
4
: to decide upon : choose
name the date for a wedding
5
: to mention specifically
name a price
namer noun

name

3 of 3 adjective
1
: bearing a name
name tag
2
: having an established reputation
name performers
name brands

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