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verb (used with object), trade-named, trade-nam·ing.
  1. to designate with or register under a trade name.
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Origin of trade-name

First recorded in 1860–65

trade name

  1. the name used by a manufacturer, merchant, service company, farming business, etc., to identify itself individually as a business.
  2. 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.
  3. the name by which an article or substance is known to the trade.
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Origin of trade name

First recorded in 1860–65


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

  1. doing business as.
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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.
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Related Words for trade-name

logo, trademark, logotype

Examples from the Web for trade-name

Historical Examples of trade-name

  • Note: The trade-name items mentioned in this article may be obtained from any reliable nursery supply house.

    Northern Nut Growers Association Thirty-Fourth Annual Report 1943


  • This is one of the species of sponges of the third commercial grade, which bear the trade-name of "grass-sponge."

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide

    Augusta Foote Arnold

  • It is evident, therefore, that Hydronaphthol is merely a trade-name for betanaphthol.

British Dictionary definitions for trade-name

trade name

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