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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

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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 Borglum is also the man whose likeness is rendered in a bust at the parkentrance and whose name is honored with a nearby highway and art museum. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "Mount Rushmore: Isn't it time to talk about its Native American history?​​​​​​​," 14 July 2020 The rapper, whose legal name is Bashar Barakah Jackson, was staying in the luxury home in February. James Queally, Los Angeles Times, "Four charged with murder in slaying of rapper Pop Smoke," 13 July 2020 The rapper, whose real name is Daystar Peterson, was arrested at 4:40 a.m. on Sunday in Hollywood, the Los Angeles Police Department tells PEOPLE. Ashley Boucher,, "Rapper Tory Lanez Arrested on Concealed Weapon Charge in Hollywood," 13 July 2020 The man, whose name was not released, had been crossing West Illinois Avenue at Hampton Road about 1:15 a.m. when he was struck by a fast-moving GMC Yukon, police said. Nataly Keomoungkhoun, Dallas News, "32-year-old man killed in Oak Cliff hit-and-run, Dallas police say," 12 July 2020 The company wrote that the employee, whose name was not released, was no longer employed by them but did not immediately respond to The Republic's question as to whether she was fired or quit. Brieanna J. Frank, The Arizona Republic, "Scottsdale Bath and Body Works employee no longer working at store after cursing at customer for Trump mask," 11 July 2020 The 15-year-old boy, whose name was not disclosed, was surfing at Wooli Beach, near Grafton, around 370 miles north of Sydney, when the creature struck shortly before 2:30 p.m. local time (12:30 a.m ET), New South Wales police said in a statement. NBC News, "Teenage surfer killed in shark attack off Australian coast," 11 July 2020 Ice Cube, whose real name is O'Shea Johnson, has spoken up on race issues frequently following the protests that erupted in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death. Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, "Ice Cube: Clarence Thomas can't even stand up for black people in his own house," 10 July 2020 Los Angeles police reported Thursday that the five suspects were taken into custody related to the murder of the 20-year-old whose real name is Bashar Jackson. CBS News, "5 arrested in death of rapper Pop Smoke in Los Angeles," 9 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Twin Peaks, The Baby-Sitters Club, Unsolved Mysteries, Clueless, Sleepless in name a few. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "You Can Now Watch Supermarket Sweep on Netflix," 8 July 2020 The University of California regents will name a new president on Tuesday to take on the $37 billion system at perhaps the most challenging moment in its 150-year history. Nanette Asimov,, "UC picked a successor to Napolitano to run the university system. Can the new chief pull off the impossible?," 6 July 2020 Clemons would name his popular recipe the Red Thunder. al, "Bell Peppers set to bring low-carb comfort food to Hueytown," 5 July 2020 The posts name several locations where such statues are allegedly located: Salem, Massachusetts; Detroit; Sabrina, New York; and the state of Illinois. Ian Richardson, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Posts call for removal of satanic statues in cities where there aren't any," 29 June 2020 Chemirmir, 47, has been indicted in the deaths of 14 elderly people in Dallas and Collin counties, and civil lawsuits name him as a suspect in the deaths of eight others. Dallas News, "Pandemic causes delay in investigation, trial of serial murder suspect Billy Chemirmir," 26 June 2020 The players then name several of the black men and women who have recently been killed, including Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and Eric Garner. NBC News, "NFL stars call on league to 'admit wrong in silencing our players from peacefully protesting'," 6 June 2020 Barnett did not name the McCloskeys, but the warrant was executed at their address. Caroline Linton, CBS News, "Police seize gun at home of St. Louis couple who pointed weapons at protesters," 11 July 2020 In addition, the loan data released this week doesn't name recipients of loans under $150,000, which would include many Catholic parishes and schools. Michael Rezendes And Reese Dunklin, The Christian Science Monitor, "How Catholic Church got $1.4bn from Paycheck Protection loans," 10 July 2020 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, "Here’s what’s low or out of stock at North Texas grocery stores," 26 Apr. 2020

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

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29 Jul 2020

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“Name.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of name

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a word or phrase that refers to or that can refer to a specific person
: a word or phrase that refers to a specific place or thing
: a word or phrase that refers to a type or group of things



English Language Learners Definition of name (Entry 2 of 3)

: to give a name to (someone or something)
: to say the name of (someone or something)
: to choose (someone) to be (something)

English Language Learners Definition of name (Entry 3 of 3)

chiefly US : having a well-known name and good reputation


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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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