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

to designate with or register under a trade name.

Origin of trade-name

First recorded in 1860–65

trade name


the name used by a manufacturer, merchant, service company, farming business, etc., to identify itself individually as a business.
a word or phrase used in a trade to designate a business, service, or a particular class of goods, but that is not technically a trademark, either because it is not susceptible of exclusive appropriation as a trademark or because it is not affixed to goods sold in the market.
the name by which an article or substance is known to the trade.

Origin of trade name

First recorded in 1860–65


or dba, d.b.a., d/b/a

doing business as.

Usage note

DBA often precedes the name under which a business operates that is not the legal name of the owner of the business, but a name sometimes called a fictitious name or trade name. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for trade-name

trade name


the name used by a trade to refer to a commodity, service, etc
the name under which a commercial enterprise operates in business
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