name

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In the classic Shakespearean play, Romeo and Juliet, Romeo questioned, “What’s in a name?” Good question: Why are names so important to us?

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noun

verb (used with object), named, nam·ing.

adjective

Idioms

Origin of name

before 900; Middle English; Old English nama; cognate with German Name, Gothic namô; akin to Old Norse nafn, Latin nōmen, Greek ónoma, Old Irish ainm, Polish imię, Czech jméno
SYNONYMS FOR name
1 Name, title both refer to the label by which a person is known. Name is the simpler and more general word for appellation: The name is John. A title is an official or honorary term bestowed on a person or the specific designation of a book, article, etc.: He now has the title of Doctor. Treasure Island is the title of a book.
4 repute, character, credit.
5 note, distinction, renown, eminence.
6 personality.
14 nickname, dub, denominate.
16 choose.
17 mention.
Related forms

Definition for name (2 of 2)

dictionary of names


noun

a dictionary of given names that indicates whether a name is usually male, female, or unisex and often includes origins as well as meanings; for example, as by indicating that Evangeline, meaning “good news,” comes from Greek. Used primarily as an aid in selecting a name for a baby, dictionaries of names may also include lists of famous people who have shared a name and information about its current popularity ranking.
Also called names dictionary.
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British Dictionary definitions for name

name

/ (neɪm) /

noun

verb (tr)

Derived Formsnamable or nameable, adjective

Word Origin for name

Old English nama, related to Latin nomen, Greek noma, Old High German namo, German Namen
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Idioms and Phrases with name

name


In addition to the idioms beginning with name

  • name after
  • name is mud, one's
  • name names
  • name of the game, the
  • name the day

also see:

  • call names
  • clear one's name
  • drop names
  • give a bad name
  • go by (the name of)
  • handle to one's name
  • in name only
  • in the name of
  • make a name for oneself
  • on a first-name basis
  • take someone's name in vain
  • to one's name
  • worthy of the name
  • you name it
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