tag

1 of 5

noun (1)

plural tags
1
: a loose hanging piece of cloth : tatter
2
: a metal or plastic binding on an end of a shoelace
3
: a piece of hanging or attached material
specifically : a loop, knot, or tassel on a garment
4
a
: a brief quotation used for rhetorical emphasis or sententious effect
b
: a recurrent or characteristic verbal expression
5
a
: a cardboard, plastic, or metal marker used for identification or classification
license tags
b
: a descriptive or identifying epithet
c
: something used for identification or location : flag
e
f
: an element of code in a computer document used especially to control format and layout or to establish a hyperlink
g
: hashtag
… nuns shared their daily lives on Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter with the tag #MediaNuns …Elizabeth Bruenig
h
: a string of text (such as the symbol @ followed by a person's username) that is used to tag a person or account in a social media post
While it's impossible to prohibit a friend from tagging you, Facebook allows you to review all tags before they appear on your profile.Lara Webster
6
: a detached fragmentary piece : bit
7
: a graffito in the form of an identifying name or symbol

tag

2 of 5

verb (1)

tagged; tagging; tags

transitive verb

1
: to provide or mark with or as if with a tag: such as
a
: to supply with an identifying marker or price
was tagged at $4.95
b
: to provide with a name or epithet : label, brand
tagged him a has-been
c
: to put a ticket on (a motor vehicle) for a traffic violation
d
: to deface with a graffito usually in the form of the defacer's nickname
e
: to supply (something, such as a social media post) with a hashtag
Don't forget to submit your photos of Montreal via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by tagging them with #ThisMtl.Montreal Gazette
f
: to mention (another person or account) in a social media post in a way that causes the person or account to be notified of the post
On Facebook, if someone wants to get your attention or make it clear to others that you are somehow connected to a post, they can tag you in it. Your name will be mentioned in the post or with the photo, and everyone else who sees it will also know that you are mentioned.Dave Johnson
Knowing how to tag someone on Facebook means also knowing how to tag someone on Twitter and Instagram. Simply use the @ symbol to start a tag.ThriveHive.com
My friends went back and tagged me in all the photos I'd missed …Rachel Kraus
Instagram allows users to reshare posts they've been tagged in to their own Story.Devon Delfino
2
: to attach as an addition : append
3
: to follow closely and persistently
4
: to hold to account
especially : to charge with violating the law
was tagged for … assault Burt Woolis
5

intransitive verb

: to keep close
tagging at their heelsCorey Ford

tag

3 of 5

noun (2)

1
: a game in which the player who is it chases others and tries to touch one of them who then becomes it
2
: an act or instance of tagging a runner in baseball

tag

4 of 5

verb (2)

tagged; tagging

transitive verb

1
a
: to touch in or as if in a game of tag
b
: to put out (a runner) in baseball by a touch with the ball or the gloved hand containing the ball
2
: to hit solidly
3
: to choose usually for a special purpose : select
4
: to make a hit or run off (a pitcher) in baseball
the batter tagged him for a home run

TAG

5 of 5

abbreviation

the adjutant general

Examples of tag in a Sentence

Noun (1) read the tag on the shirt to find out if I could wash it or if it had to be dry-cleaned Verb (1) tagged all the dresses with sale stickers before putting them on the rack wildlife experts surreptitiously tagged the timber wolf, carefully keeping a safe distance so the wolf wouldn't catch their scent and run Verb (2) he tagged me with a right hook and blackened my eye she tagged her most experienced operative for the special mission
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Skipping tag: Play tag, but have everyone skip instead of running or walking to catch their opponent. Catherine Holecko, Parents, 3 July 2024 Kupp is also focused on investing back into local economies, as most of the small farms where the beans originate from can’t afford to achieve organic, fair-trade tags and other certifications. Eric Jackson, Sportico.com, 2 July 2024 Call 602-506-PETS to retrieve the owner's contact information if the dog has a Maricopa County tag. Kira Caspers, The Arizona Republic, 30 June 2024 Jean Paul Gaultier 1994 banknote print mesh skirt $800 EBAY Yves Saint Laurent Blazer Any garment from the Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche collection—which can be recognized from this specific tag—is a treasure. By Megan O'Sullivan, Vogue, 27 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for tag 

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'tag.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

Middle English tagge; akin to Middle Low German tagge, tacke twig, spike

Noun (2)

origin unknown

First Known Use

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (1)

1627, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun (2)

1738, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

1878, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of tag was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near tag

Cite this Entry

“Tag.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tag. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

tag

1 of 4 noun
1
: a loose hanging piece of cloth : tatter
2
: a metal or plastic binding on an end of a shoelace
3
4
a
: something (as a marker) used for identification
specifically : hangtag
b
: a part of a computer file that controls the format or layout of a document or that indicates a hyperlink (as "〈it〉" to indicate italic type)

tag

2 of 4 verb
tagged; tagging
1
: to provide or mark with or as if with a tag
2
: to follow closely and continuously
3

tag

3 of 4 noun
1
: a game in which one player who is it chases the others and tries to touch one of them to make that person it
2
: an act or instance of tagging a runner in baseball

tag

4 of 4 verb
tagged; tagging
1
: to touch in a game of tag
2
: to put out (a runner) in baseball by touching with the ball or with the gloved hand holding the ball
Etymology

Noun

Middle English tagge "a hanging piece of loose cloth"; of Germanic origin

Noun

origin unknown

Medical Definition

tag

1 of 2 noun
1
a
: a shred of flesh or muscle
b
: a small abnormal projecting piece of tissue especially when potentially or actually neoplastic in character
2
: label

tag

2 of 2 transitive verb
tagged; tagging
: label
tagged antibodies

More from Merriam-Webster on tag

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!