\ ˈnām How to pronounce name (audio) \

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 The title track earned a nod for song of the year, while the album of the same name earned a nomination for album of the year. Skyler Caruso, Peoplemag, 8 Aug. 2022 Episode Recaps Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy's ambitious sci-fi thriller is based on the 1973 Michael Crichton film of the same name. Andrew Walsh,, 8 Aug. 2022 The contemporary drama, based on Natalie Baszile’s 2014 novel of the same name, has been directed primarily by women filmmakers for its entire run, an effort spearheaded by DuVernay herself in directing the series’ first two episodes. Ej Panaligan, Variety, 8 Aug. 2022 In August, Trevi will kick off her Isla Divina tour (produced by Live Nation, Great Talent Entertainment and Latino Live) at San Juan’s Coliseo de Puerto Rico, then play 40-plus U.S. dates to celebrate her 13th studio album of the same name. Jessica Roiz, Billboard, 8 Aug. 2022 Taking have-it-both-ways inspiration from the Stevie Wonder hit of the same name, Part Time Lover is providing a music experience that invites both socializing and listening. Roxana Becerril, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Aug. 2022 The show, which is adapted from a comic of the same name by Neil Gaiman, focuses on Sturridge as the title character and his quest for order. Sam Sussman, Vogue, 6 Aug. 2022 There, the Grand Teton Music Festival plays just outside the park of the same name, with Yellowstone National Park an hour to the north. New York Times, 5 Aug. 2022 Street tobogganing is just one of many memorable activities families can experience on the Portuguese island of Madeira, part of an archipelago of the same name that includes three other islands. Leron Kornreich, Washington Post, 4 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Ciano had not anticipated that King Victor Emmanuel III would name as his prime minister a hard-liner, Pietro Badoglio, an archenemy who would soon put him and his wife under house arrest. Moira Hodgson, WSJ, 8 Aug. 2022 The Salt Lake Tribune generally does not name minors involved in crimes. Courtney Tanner, The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 Aug. 2022 Robert produced Shania's second album The Woman in Me, and the two have a son together name Eja. Maggie Horton, Country Living, 28 July 2022 That note must be detailed and specific, and name the provider who approved it. Laura Weiss, The New Republic, 27 July 2022 It’s another Massachusetts mystery, much like why anyone would name a place Belchertown?, 22 July 2022 In June, Chappelle declined having his alma mater, the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C., name a theater after him after students protested. Lester Fabian Brathwaite,, 21 July 2022 What’s more, many took the opportunity to call for the trivia show to name him the new face of the series. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 21 July 2022 Sikes and colleagues plan later this year to publish their research on the insect and name the new species. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, 16 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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