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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 And as of July 1, college golfers (and all college athletes) will be permitted to monetize their name, image, and likeness to put cash in their pockets. Steve Marantz,, 10 June 2022 Itehil doesn’t have the brand-name cache of Goal Zero or Jackery. Mike Richard And Dale Arden Chong, Men's Health, 10 June 2022 His name, James Alexander Philip Theo, was announced several days later; his full surname is Mountbatten-Windsor. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, 10 June 2022 Christopher Harding has a few labels to his name: entrepreneur, investor, pro-sports owner, hotelier, philanthropist and art collector, among others. Caroline Tell, Forbes, 10 June 2022 The film showed Golden's mother's name, Barbara Golden, as well as the family's address on West New York Street in an Indianapolis Star clip. Claire Rafford, The Indianapolis Star, 10 June 2022 From there, type in Watson’s name in the defendant field. cleveland, 9 June 2022 Kate Hudson and Gwyneth Paltrow are among the other big-name stars expected to attend. al, 9 June 2022 Inspired by the building's past, the property's décor incorporates vintage school memorabilia, and the name of each room — as well as its design — is based on a school subject, such as art or math. Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 8 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The source said that at one point Clark discussed with Rosen that the president was about to name him acting attorney general and that Rosen could potentially stay on as Clark's deputy. Alexander Mallin, ABC News, 22 June 2022 The State Department said earlier Thursday that a third American had gone missing several weeks ago, but did not name him. Jaclyn Peiser, Washington Post, 17 June 2022 The State Department said earlier Thursday that a third American had gone missing several weeks ago but did not name him. Amy Cheng And Alex Horton,, 17 June 2022 The theater's board has hired a firm to search for Allen's successor, with plans to name the hire in early 2023. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, 16 June 2022 However, among all that experience, coach Mike McCarthy didn’t feel the need to name a team captain. Jacob Steinberg, Baltimore Sun, 26 May 2022 Ahead of that endorsement, Mr. Clyburn urged Mr. Biden to do two things to turn his campaign around: be more concise in speaking and pledge to name a Black woman to the Supreme Court. Eliza Collins, WSJ, 21 May 2022 Gordillo said the school is considering giving the students the opportunity to name the gym in a contest. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 19 May 2022 But the man Brown named was not charged or even named as a suspect in the shootings, making Brown’s decision to blame him alone and name him highly unusual. Stephanie Casanova, Chicago Tribune, 12 May 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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