verb (used with object), la·beled, la·bel·ing or (especially British) la·belled, la·bel·ling.
- laban dance notation system,
- labeled bracketing,
- labetalol hydrochloride
Origin of label
Examples from the Web for 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|Anna Momigliano|November 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
Next door to the Mission, a dingy annexe to a sort of grocery, labelled the “British Bar,” was not neglected.The Bonadventure|Edmund Blunden
As he walks in with a despairing air, the audience shriek with laughter (because he is labelled as comic in their brains).The Modern Pistol and How to Shoot It|Walter Winans
Such men ought to be labelled, "Beware of this unfortunate dog!"Comic Arithmetic|Anonymous
After an explanation with the station-master, the compartment was labelled "Reserved."A Nest of Spies|Pierre Souvestre
In mid-Victorian days they labelled all sorts of things as unspeakable that we should speak about quite tolerantly.Reginald in Russia|Saki
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.