verb (used with object)

Nearby words

  1. branchiostegous,
  2. branchlet,
  3. branchus,
  4. brancusi,
  5. brancusi, constantin,
  6. brand awareness,
  7. brand contamination,
  8. brand extension,
  9. brand image,
  10. brand leader

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) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for brandless



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 brandless
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