marked with a branding iron to show ownership: branded cattle.
Commerce. carrying the brand or trademark of a manufacturer: branded merchandise.

Origin of branded

First recorded in 1645–55; brand + -ed3
Related formsnon·brand·ed, adjectivewell-brand·ed, adjective




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.
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.

verb (used with object)

to label or mark with or as if with a brand.
to mark with disgrace or infamy; stigmatize.
to impress indelibly: The plane crash was branded on her mind.
to give a brand name to: branded merchandise.
to promote as a brand name.

Origin of brand

before 950; Middle English, Old English: burning, a burning piece of wood, torch, sword; cognate with Dutch brand, German Brand, Old Norse brandr; akin to burn1
Related formsbrand·er, nounbrand·less, adjectivenon·brand, adjectivere·brand, verb (used with object)

Synonyms for brand Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for branded

Contemporary Examples of branded

Historical Examples of branded

  • This fellow, who had offered to take money for a guest, was damned for life and branded.

  • It demanded that she be the criminal it had branded her—if she were to live at all.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • Had he not been branded with a mark which for ever condemned him to dwell apart?

  • He would be spotted, branded with the sign of infamy, hunted from the world!

  • 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

    George MacDonald

British Dictionary definitions for branded



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
  1. a flaming torch
  2. a sword
a fungal disease of garden plants characterized by brown spots on the leaves, caused by the rust fungus Puccinia arenariae

verb (tr)

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
Derived Formsbranding, nounbrander, noun

Word Origin for brand

Old English brand-, related to Old Norse brandr, Old High German brant; see burn 1
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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.

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