a flat, usually rectangular piece of metal, wood, or plastic on which the name of a person, company, etc., is printed or engraved: She has a large office with her nameplate on the door.

Origin of nameplate

First recorded in 1880–85; name + plate1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for nameplate

plate, medal, decoration, badge, slab, disk, brooch, patch

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British Dictionary definitions for nameplate



a small panel on or next to the door of a room or building, bearing the occupant's name and profession
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Word Origin and History for nameplate

1882, from name (n.) + plate (n.).

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