trade name

1 of 2


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

trade name

2 of 2


trade named; trade naming; trade names

transitive verb

: to designate with a trade name

Examples of trade name in a Sentence

Noun Ibuprofen is sold under several trade names.
Recent Examples on the Web
Chief among them are efforts to train crews to identify and treat an overdose and a push to saturate fleets with naloxone, the opioid antagonist, commonly administered as a nasal spray under the trade name Narcan, that can reverse overdoses and retrieve a fading patient from a mortal slide. C.j. Chivers James Patrick Cronin Elena Hecht Anna Diamond Quinton Kamara, New York Times, 6 June 2024 Specific trade names, such as Teflon and Gore-Tex, are also likely to contain PFAS. Kathryn Crawford, The Conversation, 10 Apr. 2024 GenX chemicals are made by the Chemours Co., which owns the trade name, to produce fluoropolymers used in semiconductor chips. Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports,, 11 Apr. 2024 All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners. Rolling Stone, 6 Mar. 2024 Hon Hai is better known outside of Taiwan by its trade name Foxconn. Russell Flannery, Forbes, 27 Nov. 2023 Some of the most common trade names for benzodiazepines are Valium, Xanax and Klonopin, according to the National Institutes of Health. Riley Zhang, NBC News, 21 June 2023 Three weeks later, the F.D.A. announced the approval of the drug, which would carry the trade name Relyvrio. Gideon Lewis-Kraus, The New Yorker, 19 June 2023 The Alliance for Consumers is a trade name for the Concord Fund. Ilya Marritz, ProPublica, 20 Apr. 2023
Johnson later admitted in a deposition that proceeds from the loan were distributed to a bank account held by Mjolnir Development, a fictitious trade name registered by the Richard Allen Group. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, 2 Sep. 2021 The New Venture Fund does not report GFI as a trade name in its D.C. business filings. Fox News, 28 June 2022 Kentucky began a partial elimination of race-day Lasix, the trade name for furosemide, with 2-year-old races in 2020. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, 21 Apr. 2021 The 10,000 steps a day target seems to have come about from a trade name pedometer sold in 1965 by Yamasa Clock in Japan. Lindsay Bottoms, CNN, 16 Mar. 2021 The sender on the e-mails was listed as Primary, a trade name for a software company called Primary. Christopher Snowbeck, Star Tribune, 30 Jan. 2021 Howard University nor Lindsey ever registered Quiet Storm as a radio trade name. Ericka Blount Danois, Essence, 26 June 2020 Only one medication, brexanolone, under the trade name Zulresso, targets the hormone pathways involved with postpartum mood disorders. Kay Lazar,, 28 Jan. 2023 George Prassas and George Karkalis, co-owners of Sweet Diner, filed an application for a restaurant with the trade name District 4 Social at 233 E Chicago St. Jordyn Noennig, Journal Sentinel, 12 Sep. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use


1840, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1888, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of trade name was in 1840

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“Trade name.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

Legal Definition

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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