brand

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noun

1
a
: a charred piece of wood
c
: something (such as lightning) that resembles a firebrand
2
: sword
3
a(1)
: a mark made by burning with a hot iron to attest manufacture or quality or to designate ownership
(2)
: a printed mark made for similar purposes : trademark
b(1)
: a mark put on criminals with a hot iron
(2)
: a mark of disgrace : stigma
the brand of poverty
4
a
: a class of goods identified by name as the product of a single firm or manufacturer : make
b
: a characteristic or distinctive kind
a lively brand of theater
d
: a public image, reputation, or identity conceived of as something to be marketed or promoted
Future political offices or appointments appear out of the question now, so he is focusing on rebuilding his brand in Hollywood …Elizabeth McNeil et al.
The comedian Dane Cook apparently believes he is building his brand by pumping out a steady stream of comments on Twitter …Daniel Lyons
5
: a tool used to produce a brand

brand

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verb

branded; branding; brands

transitive verb

1
: to mark with a brand
2
: to mark with disapproval : stigmatize
he was branded a coward
3
: to impress indelibly
brand the lesson on his mind
brander noun

Examples of brand in a Sentence

Noun What brand are those jeans you are wearing? The store sells a variety of shoe brands. I don't like his brand of humor. a lively brand of theater Verb They no longer brand their cattle. The exact words my father spoke on my graduation day are branded in my memory.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Adidas Originals Men's Stan Smith Legacy Sneakers Buy on Amazon $60 If the Adidas slides are iconic, then the brand’s Stan Smiths are timeless. Red Fabbri, Travel + Leisure, 10 June 2024 Since 2007, Nelson has been the non-executive chairman of Wendy’s and also works as the company’s director, per the brand. Ariana Quihuiz, Peoplemag, 8 June 2024
Verb
Joined by Ally Sheedy, the trio reunited at the Tribeca Film Festival to mark the premiere of McCarthy’s Brats, a documentary about the group of young actors once branded the Brat Pack of Hollywood by a 1985 New York Magazine article. Shania Russell, EW.com, 9 June 2024 On Friday, May 31, the country star shared a hilarious T-shirt branded with one of her infamous clap backs on Instagram. Catherine Santino, Peoplemag, 1 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for brand 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English, torch, sword, from Old English; akin to Old English bærnan to burn

First Known Use

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of brand was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Brand.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brand. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

brand

1 of 2 noun
1
: a burnt or burning piece of wood
2
a
: a mark made by burning (as on cattle) to show ownership, maker, or quality
b
: a printed mark made for similar purposes : trademark
3
a
: a mark once put on criminals with a hot iron
b
: a mark of disgrace : stigma
4
a
: a class of goods identified as the product of a single maker
b
: a particular kind : variety

brand

2 of 2 verb
1
: to mark with or as if with a brand
2
: to describe or identify with a word that expresses disapproval
was branded a coward

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