verb (used with object), la·beled, la·bel·ing or (especially British) la·belled, la·bel·ling.
Origin of label
Related Words for labelledstamp, characterize, tag, identify, specify, define, classify, designate, tally, call, name, class, sticker
Examples from the Web for labelled
Contemporary Examples of labelled
Corriere della Sera, Italy's largest newspaper, labelled the authorities' behavior as “vile ostracism” toward those faiths.In Italy, Religious Minorities Struggle (Vainly) for Official Recognition
November 14, 2013
And even before all the recent events, Mali had been labelled as a sham democracy, full of corruption and ethnic strife.No Quick Fix For Mali: French Troops Can’t End Crisis
William Lloyd George
January 30, 2013
Historical Examples of labelled
The five lowest levels were underground and all were labelled "Mineral Industries."City of Endless Night
She labelled the Marchesino "Philistine," and popped him into his drawer.A Spirit in Prison
After an explanation with the station-master, the compartment was labelled "Reserved."A Nest of Spies
One place was labelled "Reserved for distinguished corpses."The Eternal City
They were all labelled with names, Hun or Hebrew, usually both.The Paliser case
verb -bels, -belling or -belled or US -bels, -beling or -beled (tr)
Word Origin 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.