- 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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- Oscar,born 1920, U.S. folk singer, born in Canada.
- a male given name.
Examples from the Web for brand
“A guy drives up in a 2008 Mercedes, brand new,” Harry S. Connelly Jr. says in the video, according to the Times.Are Police Stealing People’s Property?
Joan Blades, Matt Kibbe
January 2, 2015
Even the legendary 1980s televisions show Dallas is back on the air, selling its twenty-first century brand of Texas bravado.Will Texas Stay Texan?
December 29, 2014
The brand logo turned out to feature a graceful archer on horseback, in a Tatar national costume, poised to shoot his arrow.Rebranding The Land of Mongol Warriors & Ivan The Terrible
December 25, 2014
But both of us being artists, and with no brand behind it, we were like, “Well, how do we do this on a budget?”#Setinthestreet: Your Street Corner Is Their Art Project
December 24, 2014
The police inspected the backpack and found two brand new hammers.Protesters Slimed This Good Samaritan Cop
December 16, 2014
He did not notice it and kept steadily at work, painting his "brand" into a corner.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
"I wonder what brand of home-brew made him think of that," said Linda.Her Father's Daughter
The title with which we brand unmarried women to indicate that they are in the market.The Devil's Dictionary
Mr. Brand, I am told, is to have his fortune made by uncle Harlowe and among them.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
But, covering her eyes, she flung the brand into the flames.Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew
Josephine Preston Peabody
- 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
- Russell, born 1975, English comedian and television presenter
Word Origin and History for brand
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.