Origin of branded
- kind, grade, or make, as indicated by a stamp, trademark, or the like: the best brand of coffee.
- a mark made by burning or otherwise, to indicate kind, grade, make, ownership, etc.
- a mark formerly put upon criminals with a hot iron.
- any mark of disgrace; stigma.
- branding iron.
- a kind or variety of something distinguished by some distinctive characteristic: The movie was filled with slapstick—a brand of humor he did not find funny.
- a burning or partly burned piece of wood.
- Archaic. a sword.
Origin of brand
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Examples from the Web for branded
He branded it a fifth-column invasion into popular culture, normalizing radical, even communist ambitions.Glenn Beck Is Now Selling Hipster Clothes. Really.
Ana Marie Cox
December 20, 2014
The U.K. tabloids, as is their wont, have branded her “shameless,” “sordid,” and “the scourge of society.”The X Factor of Sex Invades Britain: Rebecca More’s ‘Sex Tour’ Enrages UK Politicians
October 20, 2014
For those who want the most out of the attraction, they can be branded with a bloody X on their foreheads.New York’s Scariest Night Out: The Ghosts, Rats, and Lunatics of ‘Nightmare New York’
October 4, 2014
But rather than receive practical assistance from the WWP, he got a branded fleece beanie.Wounded Warrior Project Under Fire
September 26, 2014
Branded a usurper, Bruce had been excommunicated by the Vatican.Queen Victoria’s Secret Scottish Sex Castle
August 17, 2014
This fellow, who had offered to take money for a guest, was damned for life and branded.Way of the Lawless
It demanded that she be the criminal it had branded her—if she were to live at all.Within the Law
Had he not been branded with a mark which for ever condemned him to dwell apart?The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
He would be spotted, branded with the sign of infamy, hunted from the world!A Comedy of Marriage and Other Tales
Guy De Maupassant
You have caused me to be branded as a thief for taking—at your suggestion—that which was and still is my own!'Wilfrid Cumbermede
- identifiable as being the product of a particular manufacturer or marketing company
- Russell, born 1975, English comedian and television presenter
- a particular product or a characteristic that serves to identify a particular product
- a trade name or trademark
- a particular kind or varietyhe had his own brand of humour
- an identifying mark made, usually by burning, on the skin of animals or (formerly) slaves or criminals, esp as a proof of ownership
- an iron heated and used for branding animals, etc
- a mark of disgrace or infamy; stigmahe bore the brand of a coward
- a burning or burnt piece of wood, as in a fire
- archaic, or poetic
- a flaming torch
- a sword
- a fungal disease of garden plants characterized by brown spots on the leaves, caused by the rust fungus Puccinia arenariae
- to label, burn, or mark with or as with a brand
- to place indelibly in the memorythe scene of slaughter was branded in their minds
- to denounce; stigmatizethey branded him a traitor
- to give a product a distinctive identity by means of characteristic design, packaging, etc
Word Origin and History for branded
Old English brand, brond "fire, flame; firebrand, piece of burning wood, torch," and (poetic) "sword," from Proto-Germanic *brandaz (cf. Old Norse brandr, Old High German brant, Old Frisian brond "firebrand, blade of a sword," German brand "fire"), from root *bran-/*bren- (see burn (v.)). Meaning "identifying mark made by a hot iron" (1550s) broadened by 1827 to "a particular make of goods." Brand name is from 1922.
c.1400, "to brand, cauterize; stigmatize," originally of criminal marks or cauterized wounds, from brand (n.). As a means of marking property, 1580s; figuratively from c.1600, often in a bad sense, with the criminal marking in mind. Related: Branded; branding.