label

noun
la·​bel | \ ˈlā-bəl How to pronounce label (audio) \

Essential Meaning of label

1 : a piece of paper, cloth, or similar material that is attached to something to identify or describe it The name is prominently displayed on the label. You should read the warning label before you take any medicine. (US) a mailing label [=a piece of paper with a mailing address already printed on it]
2 : a word or phrase that describes or identifies something or someone The word was given the label "obsolete." Some people describe him as "selfish," but he doesn't deserve that label. Once you give people labels, it's hard to see them as individuals.
3 : a company that produces musical recordings a major/independent record label The band has made records for/on/with several different labels in their career.

Full Definition of label

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a slip (as of paper or cloth) inscribed and affixed to something for identification or description The name is prominently displayed on the label.
b : written or printed matter accompanying an article to furnish identification or other information Read the warning label before taking any medicine.
c : a descriptive or identifying word or phrase: such as
(1) : epithet acquired the label of "playboy"
(2) : a word or phrase used with a dictionary definition to provide additional information The label obsolete is abbreviated obs.
d : a usually radioactive isotope used in labeling
2a(1) : a brand of commercial recordings issued under a usually trademarked name
(2) : a company issuing such recordings The band has made records for several different labels.
(3) : a recording so issued
b : the brand name of a retail store selling clothing, a clothing manufacturer, or a fashion designer She only buys clothes with a designer label.
3 : an adhesive stamp (as for postage or revenue)
4 : a heraldic charge that consists of a narrow horizontal band with usually three pendants
5 archaic : band, fillet specifically : one attached to a document to hold an appended seal

label

verb
labeled or labelled; labeling or labelling\ ˈlā-​b(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce label (audio) \

Definition of label (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to affix a label to labeled the switches so as not to confuse them
b : to describe or designate with or as if with a label labels his photos with the date and place they were taken
2a : to distinguish (an element or atom) by using an isotope (see isotope sense 1) distinctive in some manner (as in mass or radioactivity)
b : to distinguish (something, such as a compound or cell) by introducing a traceable constituent (such as a dye or labeled atom)

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Other Words from label

Verb

labelable \ ˈlā-​bə-​lə-​bəl How to pronounce label (audio) \ adjective
labeler \ ˈlā-​b(ə-​)lər How to pronounce label (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for label

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of label in a Sentence

Noun The name is prominently displayed on the label. You should read the warning label before you take any medicine. The word was given the label “obsolete.” Some people describe him as “selfish,” but he doesn't deserve that label. Once you give people labels, it's hard to see them as individuals. The band has made records for several different labels in their career. Verb Be sure to carefully label the switches so that you don't confuse them. He labels his photographs with the date and place they were taken.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Impatient parents who are seeking off-label adult shots for their children concern officials like Dr. Sean O'Leary, vice chairman of the committee on infectious diseases at the American Academy of Pediatrics. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 12 Sep. 2021 Impatient parents who are seeking off-label adult shots for their children concern officials like Dr. Sean O’Leary, vice chair of the committee on infectious diseases at the American Academy of Pediatrics. BostonGlobe.com, 11 Sep. 2021 Today the drug is still specifically approved for Black users, although doctors can prescribe it off-label to others. Grace Huckins, Wired, 3 Sep. 2021 And, these contrarians are not waiting for the completion of confirmatory studies to disseminate their advice to the gullible minions to take ivermectin off-label, even if doing so may endanger lives. Joshua Cohen, Forbes, 29 Aug. 2021 Crosby said requests for off-label vaccinations started coming in just hours after the FDA granted full approval to Comirnaty. Karen Kaplan Science And Medicine Editor, Los Angeles Times, 27 Aug. 2021 Yvonne Maldonado, a Stanford professor who is chair of AAP’s Committee on Infectious Diseases, also expressed concern about off-label use as scientists are still assessing the delicate balance of dosing with immune response. Frances Stead Sellers And Ariana Eunjung Cha, Anchorage Daily News, 27 Aug. 2021 The communities are filled with advice for off-label drug cocktails featuring the dewormer. NBC News, 26 Aug. 2021 However, the acting FDA commissioner specifically warned against off-label use of the vaccine to younger children, citing the need for more studies, including testing of different dosages that are still in progress. Katia Hetter, CNN, 25 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Around this time, their passionate shows attracted the attention of Rick Rubin, who offered to produce their first album for his American Recordings label and distribute it through Columbia. Jeremy Gordon, Vulture, 8 Sep. 2021 When accused, the enchanter or enchantress will likely attempt to label you a hypocrite for supporting vaccine mandates. Rex Huppke, chicagotribune.com, 2 Sep. 2021 County health officials will identify and label misinformation, and offer accurate information instead, the measure said. San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Sep. 2021 China has seized on the turmoil to taunt the U.S. and label it an unreliable partner. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 26 Aug. 2021 The nationalist activist who campaigned to label it a foreign agent, Aleksandr Ionov, had relied on thin evidence — a podcast that had been sponsored by Latvia’s tourism agency, for instance — to claim it was backed by outsiders. New York Times, 22 Aug. 2021 Arkansas has a new law banning gender-affirming treatments, and Texas is expected to follow with a bill would not only outlaw gender transition for LGBTQ youth, but label it child abuse. Dawn Ennis, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2021 For much of his career, Mr. Allen’s efforts to claim a measure of personal independence and racial pride led the conservative baseball establishment to label him a troublesome irritant. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, 9 Dec. 2020 Some farm supply stores label ivermectin products as unsafe for humans, and others pulled the product from the shelves to prevent customers from using it. Usa Today Network, The Enquirer, 31 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of label

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

Verb

1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for label

Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French labelle

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The first known use of label was in the 14th century

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“Label.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/label. Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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label

noun
la·​bel | \ ˈlā-bəl How to pronounce label (audio) \

Kids Definition of label

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a slip (as of paper or cloth) attached to something to identify or describe it
2 : a word or phrase that describes or names something or someone a part-of-speech label

label

verb
labeled or labelled; labeling or labelling

Kids Definition of label (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to put a word or words on (something) to identify or describe it Be sure to label your belongings.
2 : to name or describe with or as if with a label The team was labeled "the Dream Team."

label

noun
la·​bel | \ ˈlā-bəl How to pronounce label (audio) \

Medical Definition of label

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a usually radioactive isotope used in labeling

label

transitive verb
labeled or labelled; labeling or labelling\ ˈlā-​b(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce label (audio) \

Medical Definition of label (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to distinguish (an element or atom) by using an isotope distinctive in some manner (as in mass or radioactivity) for tracing through chemical reactions or biological processes
2 : to distinguish (as a compound or cell) by introducing a traceable constituent (as a dye or labeled atom)

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