name·​plate | \ ˈnām-ˌplāt How to pronounce nameplate (audio) \

Definition of nameplate

: something (such as a plate or plaque) bearing a name (as of a resident or manufacturer)

Examples of nameplate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Last year, small trucks had their best year since 2009, and the familiarity of the Ranger nameplate will help Ford quickly attract interested shoppers. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit auto show: Ford debuts 2019 Ranger with all-terrain options," 14 Jan. 2018 The Tribune’s nameplate with fancy gold script remains over the building’s main entrance. Washington Post, "Even amid affluence of tech capital, local news struggles," 28 Dec. 2019 The Fiesta and Focus and Fusion might have all gone to the great parking lot in the sky, but one car nameplate remains on the Blue Oval's roster—the Mustang. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 packs plenty of smiles per mile," 29 Oct. 2019 Still, smaller nameplates might face reshuffling going forward. Christoph Rauwald, Los Angeles Times, "Volkswagen reportedly is considering a Lamborghini IPO or sale," 11 Oct. 2019 Lincoln MKC Lincoln, Ford’s luxury brand, is ditching the alphabet soup naming convention in favor of more memorable nameplates. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "These 9 cars will be killed in 2020: Chevrolet, Ford, Fiat vehicles are saying goodbye," 19 Dec. 2019 Surely the Corvette Indy will elevate Chevy's sacred nameplate beyond mere world class into the rarefied regions of the Porsche 959, Ferrari Testarossa and Lamborghini Countach. Tony Swan, Popular Mechanics, "A Closer Look at Chevy's Mid-Engine Corvette...From 1988?," 19 July 2019 Shomari’s locker at the school is still intact — complete with his nameplate, uniform, helmet and pads. David Hinojosa,, "Harlan carries fallen teammate with them this season," 8 Nov. 2019 Without much ado, the dog found a RAM card on the floor, concealed by a nameplate that had fallen off a door. Patricia Marx, The New Yorker, "Sit, Stay, Fight Cybercrime," 4 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of nameplate

circa 1858, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nameplate was circa 1858

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21 Jan 2020

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“Nameplate.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of nameplate

: a metal or plastic sign that is attached to a door or wall and that shows the name of the person, group, or company that lives or works there

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