name

noun
\ ˈnām How to pronounce name (audio) \

Essential Meaning of name

1 : a word or phrase that refers to or that can refer to a specific person "What's his (first) name?" "His name is Jacob." I took my husband's (last) name when we got married. See More ExamplesPlease write/sign your name on this line. State your name and occupation. I refused to give/tell them my name. She has one of the most famous names [=she is one of the most famous people] in show business. Can you give me the name of a good dentist? [=do you know a good dentist that I could use?] Mark Twain's real name was Samuel Clemens. She registered at the hotel under/using a false/assumed name. Samuel Clemens wrote under the name (of) Mark Twain. My full name is Susan Elaine Smith. Her name is Susan, but she goes by the name (of) Sue. [=people call her Sue] Do you know a man by the name of [=do you know a man named] James Smith? She now owns several restaurants that bear her name. [=that are named after her] Can I put your name down for a donation? [=can I write down your name on the list of people who are giving a donation?; would you like to make a donation?]Hide
2 : a word or phrase that refers to a specific place or thing We had to memorize the names of all the countries in Africa. "What's your dog's name?" "His name is Sandy." See More ExamplesWhat was the name [=title] of that movie we saw last night? This is his song "Loving You" from the album of the same name. The ship's name was "Titanic." The band takes/gets its name from [=it is named after] its hometown. The company gives/lends its name to one of the biggest golf tournaments in the country. [=the golf tournament is named after the company]Hide
3 : a word or phrase that refers to a type or group of things Psychologists have a name for this kind of behavior. Is there a name for the part of the leg behind the knee? See More ExamplesThe cougar is also known by the names "puma" and "mountain lion." The plant's botanical/scientific name is Chrysanthemum leucanthemum, but we know it by its common name "daisy." True to their name, killer bees have been known to kill people. = As their name implies/suggests, killer bees really do kill. = Killer bees really live up to their name. = Killer bees are known to kill people, hence the name.Hide

Full 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

name

verb
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

name

adjective

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

Verb

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 The suspect’s name has not yet been released pending formal charges. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, 17 Jan. 2022 The extensive limestone cave system in southern Slovenia is called karst, after the Latin name Carsus given to the plateau above Trieste. John Malathronas, CNN, 17 Jan. 2022 People are contributing funds in White’s name to various local and national animal organizations such as Best Friends Animal Society and the Grey Muzzle Organization, in celebration of her 100th birthday. Washington Post, 17 Jan. 2022 Copies of the emails with the recipient’s name redacted were included in Saturday’s announcement on the school’s website. Bradford Betz, Fox News, 17 Jan. 2022 Cardi B may soon reveal her baby boy's name in a very unique way. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, 17 Jan. 2022 For the duration of January 17, all Google searches for White's name not only result in the usual articles, Wikipedia facts, and photos but also a lovely cascade of rose petals falling from the top of the screen. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 17 Jan. 2022 As the right-hand man for GM Chris Ballard in Indianapolis, Dodds’ name has surfaced in January in recent years. Brad Biggs, chicagotribune.com, 17 Jan. 2022 Copies of emails with the recipient's name redacted were included in Saturday's announcement on the school's website. CBS News, 17 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Multnomah Falls, Wahclella Falls, Horsetail Falls and the many waterfalls along the Eagle Creek Trail, to name a few. oregonlive, 16 Jan. 2022 Maggie Gyllenhaal, Beanie Feldstein, Pablo Larrain, to name just a few. Los Angeles Times, 11 Jan. 2022 But how many people can name another song by The Righteous Brothers? Troy L. Smith, cleveland, 11 Jan. 2022 Secretary of Education Katie Jenner would name all seven board members. Carole Carlson, chicagotribune.com, 10 Jan. 2022 The brothers competed in Uno and Monopoly, trivia games to name all 50 states, and knee-football (the aim: score a makeshift touchdown while standing on knees). Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, 8 Jan. 2022 Sometimes workers can name and shame their meaner colleagues — but in other cases, that job falls to those resigning instead. New York Times, 8 Jan. 2022 Under cross-examination by prosecutor David Martin, Edison Carraman would not name the passenger. Elizabeth Zavala, San Antonio Express-News, 6 Jan. 2022 Including everything from the Fear Street movie trilogy to Army of the Dead and Blood Red Sky, to name just a few. Andy Meek, BGR, 4 Jan. 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

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First Known Use of name

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

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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Dictionary Entries Near name

namby-pambyism

name

nameability

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Last Updated

19 Jan 2022

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“Name.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/name. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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name

noun
\ 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!

name

verb
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.

name

adjective

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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