- 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 labeled
First they labeled me the “girlfriend,” then I was the “cougar girlfriend.”Exclusive: Michael Phelps’s Intersex Self-Proclaimed Girlfriend, Taylor Lianne Chandler, Tells All
November 26, 2014
The song has been labeled controversial and progressive—and has been celebrated in such outlets as Rolling Stone and Slate.Is This Country Star the New Wendy Davis?
November 8, 2014
Her opponents, meanwhile, labeled her “the Democratic Scott Walker.”Meet Gina Raimondo, the Only Democratic Star of 2014
November 6, 2014
When the trailer debuted in June, Drudge Report picked up the link to it and labeled it an “Obama Generation Satire.”‘Dear White People’: How An Ex-Publicist’s Twitter Became One of the Year’s Most Important Films
October 30, 2014
Or will you be labeled “too extreme” if you choose to buy only local, organic produce?Orthorexia: When Healthy Eating Becomes an Obsession
October 25, 2014
For convenience and economy, these jars or cans should be labeled.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 1
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
Peter T. had 'em labeled the "Duchess" and "Irene dear" in a jiffy.Cape Cod Stories
Joseph C. Lincoln
In its public aspect we have labeled the problem, conservation.Higher Education and Business Standards
Willard Eugene Hotchkiss
There would be pictures of Bell and of Paula, labeled with an infamy.
It had been labeled, "This Side Up," and on the very top there was a wooden case.The Master-Knot of Human Fate
- 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 labeled
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.