- a slip of paper, cloth, or other material, marked or inscribed, for attachment to something to indicate its manufacturer, nature, ownership, destination, etc.
- a short word or phrase descriptive of a person, group, intellectual movement, etc.
- a word or phrase indicating that what follows belongs in a particular category or classification: The following definition has the label “Archit.”
- Architecture. a molding or dripstone over a door or window, especially one that extends horizontally across the top of the opening and vertically downward for a certain distance at the sides.
- a brand or trademark, especially of a manufacturer of phonograph records, tape cassettes, etc.: She records under a new label.
- the manufacturer using such a label: a major label that has produced some of the best recordings of the year.
- Heraldry. a narrow horizontal strip with a number of downward extensions of rectangular or dovetail form, usually placed in chief as the cadency mark of an eldest son.
- Obsolete. a strip or narrow piece of anything.
- to affix a label to; mark with a label.
- to designate or describe by or on a label: The bottle was labeled poison.
- to put in a certain class; classify.
- Also radiolabel. Chemistry. to incorporate a radioactive or heavy isotope into (a molecule) in order to make traceable.
Origin of label
Examples from the Web for label
And the media, meanwhile, has referred to her as every label under the sun, from “a man” to “transsexual.”Exclusive: Michael Phelps’s Intersex Self-Proclaimed Girlfriend, Taylor Lianne Chandler, Tells All
November 26, 2014
So what I always tell the kids is to be careful about signing to a label and always protect your copyright.Wyclef Jean Talks Lauryn Hill, the Yele Haiti Controversy, and Chris Christie
November 20, 2014
The genuine source of consternation, however, was her label Interscope.Azealia Banks Opens Up About Her Journey from Stripping to Rap Stardom
November 17, 2014
The hashtag has been used to label general rants about people getting naked for attention.#FixTheInternet: The Hashtag That Beat Back Kim Kardashian’s Butt
November 14, 2014
One label I saw in a New York magazine headline was, “A Pop Star Even a Mother Could Love.”The Rise of Jack Antonoff, the Taylor Swift Whisperer
November 14, 2014
Did you notice you could read every letter in the label on that ham?The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Then label the cans, so that no mistake will be made as to their contents.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
"I wonder if you have noticed something," she said, eyes on the label.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Down on your knees and tear off the label from the wrong side of another carpet!It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
Except for the label, the "Finest Columbia Salmon" was ready for the market.American Notes
- a piece of paper, card, or other material attached to an object to identify it or give instructions or details concerning its ownership, use, nature, destination, etc; tag
- a brief descriptive phrase or term given to a person, group, school of thought, etcthe label "Romantic" is applied to many different kinds of poetry
- a word or phrase heading a piece of text to indicate or summarize its contents
- a trademark or company or brand name on certain goods, esp, formerly, on gramophone records
- another name for dripstone (def. 2)
- heraldry a charge consisting of a horizontal line across the chief of a shield with three or more pendants: the charge of an eldest son
- computing a group of characters, such as a number or a word, appended to a particular statement in a program to allow its unique identification
- chem a radioactive element used in a compound to trace the mechanism of a chemical reaction
- to fasten a label to
- to mark with a label
- to describe or classify in a word or phraseto label someone a liar
- to make (one or more atoms in a compound) radioactive, for use in determining the mechanism of a reaction
Word Origin and History for label
c.1300, "narrow band or strip of cloth" (oldest use is as a technical term in heraldry), from Old French label, lambel "ribbon, fringe worn on clothes" (13c., Modern French lambeau "strip, rag, shred, tatter"), possibly from Frankish *labba or some other Germanic source (cf. Old High German lappa "flap"), from Proto-Germanic *lapp- (see lap (n.)).
Later "dangling strip of cloth or ribbon used as an ornament in dress," "strip attached to a document to hold a seal" (both early 15c.), and with a general meaning "tag, sticker, slip of paper" (1670s). Meaning "circular piece of paper in the center of a gramophone record" (1907), containing information about the recorded music, led to meaning "a recording company" (1947).
"to affix a label to," c.1600, see label (n.); figurative sense of "to categorize" is from 1853. Related: Labeled; labeling; labelled; labelling.
- See tracer.