verb (used with object)

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

Related Words for branding

stigmatize, taint, disgrace, mark

Examples from the Web for branding

Contemporary Examples of branding

Historical Examples of branding

  • It did not take long—as Weary had said, it was very much like branding calves.

  • Then there were the fenced-in pastures and the branding corrals.

  • It was like beholding a dainty flower in the grime and brutality of the branding pen.

    Hidden Water

    Dane Coolidge

  • Branding in some instances appears to have been a mere farce.

    Bygone Punishments

    William Andrews

  • When these five things came together, it meant that somebody was branding.

    Oh, You Tex!

    William Macleod Raine

British Dictionary definitions for branding



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 branding



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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