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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

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Obama did not mention his successor, former President Donald Trump, by name during the one-hour discussion. Andrew Dyer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Sep. 2022 According to National Geographic, the earliest mention of Rosh Hashanah by name is found in the Mishnah, a Jewish legal text dated to 200 C.E. Zoe Sottile, CNN, 25 Sep. 2022 His friend Aznan, who goes by one name, was injured and is being treated in a hospital. Biswajeet Banerjee,, 24 Sep. 2022 South Arkansas Community College won't be known by that name for much longer. Arkansas Online, 23 Sep. 2022 In a few other cases, prosecutors and the FBI accused box holders by name of committing multiple felonies, offered no evidence to back up the allegations, and then gave back everything. Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times, 23 Sep. 2022 The two asked Reuters not to identify them by name. Reuters, NBC News, 22 Sep. 2022 Baltimore County Public Schools said Wednesday the system had no employee by his name. Darcy Costello, Baltimore Sun, 22 Sep. 2022 Even regulars who knew me by name wouldn’t fill out the survey. Sean Mcdonnell, cleveland, 20 Sep. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb When screen legend Katharine Hepburn likened herself to a tree in a 1981 interview, Walters asked the actress to name the species, a question the newswoman would come to regret. Nancy Mattia, Peoplemag, 25 Sep. 2022 Winchester and the Georges asked CNN not to name the hospital. Elizabeth Cohen, CNN, 22 Sep. 2022 Asked over Zoom to name a low-point of the shoot, Adler looks visibly pained. Clark Collis,, 20 Sep. 2022 At one point, the parole board members asked Carneal to name his eight victims. Trevor Ault, ABC News, 20 Sep. 2022 At a Yale Law School forum in 2014, he was asked to name a personality trait that had impeded his career. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 28 Aug. 2022 Along with Okudah, Campbell mentioned two rookies, third-round pick Kerby Joseph and sixth-rounder Malcolm Rodriguez, when asked to name players who caught his eye against the Falcons. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, 15 Aug. 2022 At one point, Henley asked McCullough to name his Walden Pond, his personal sacred place in the outdoors. Douglas Brinkley, Washington Post, 10 Aug. 2022 When asked to name his picks for the top three running backs in Alabama’s football history, Najee Harris didn’t forget who holds the Crimson Tide’s career rushing record – him. Mark Inabinett |, al, 26 July 2022 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, 26 Apr. 2020 See More

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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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\ ˈnām How to pronounce name (audio) \

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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