trade name


Definition of trade name

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the name used for an article among traders
2 : the name or style under which a concern does business

trade name


Definition of trade name (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to designate with a trade name

Examples of trade name in a Sentence


Ibuprofen is sold under several trade names.

First Known Use of trade name


1840, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1888, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of trade name was in 1840

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English Language Learners Definition of trade name

: the name of a business

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Legal Definition of trade name

: a name or mark that is used by a person (as an individual proprietor or a corporation) to identify that person's business or vocation and that may also be used as a trademark or service mark

Note: Like a trademark or service mark, a trade name is protected by law against infringement. A trade name that has been used for at least 6 months can be recorded with the Customs Bureau, and any infringing imports will be barred.

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