Definitions for LABELˈleɪ bəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

la•belˈleɪ bəl(n.; v.)-beled, -bel•ing; -belled, -bel•ling.

  1. (n.)an inscribed slip of paper, cloth, or other material, for attachment to something to indicate its manufacturer, nature, ownership, destination, etc.

  2. a short word or phrase descriptive of a person, group, intellectual movement, etc.

  3. a word or phrase indicating that what follows belongs in a particular category or classification, as the word Physics before a dictionary definition.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  4. a brand or trademark, esp. of a manufacturer.

  5. the manufacturer using such a label.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  6. Ref: wall label .

  7. a molding or dripstone over a door or window.

    Category: Architecture

  8. a radioactive or heavy isotope incorporated into a molecule for use as a tracer.

    Category: Medicine, Chemistry

  9. a narrow horizontal heraldic band with downward extensions.

    Category: Heraldry

  10. Obs. a strip or narrow piece of anything.

  11. (v.t.)to affix a label to; mark with a label.

  12. to designate or describe by or on a label.

  13. to put in a certain class; classify.

  14. to incorporate a radioactive or heavy isotope into (a molecule) in order to make traceable.

    Category: Chemistry

Origin of label:

1275–1325; ME < MF: ribbon, prob. < Gmc


Princeton's WordNet

  1. label(noun)

    a brief description given for purposes of identification

    "the label Modern is applied to many different kinds of architecture"

  2. label, recording label(noun)

    trade name of a company that produces musical recordings

    "the artists and repertoire department of a recording label is responsible for finding new talent"

  3. label(noun)

    a radioactive isotope that is used in a compound in order to trace the mechanism of a chemical reaction

  4. label(verb)

    an identifying or descriptive marker that is attached to an object

  5. label(verb)

    assign a label to; designate with a label

    "These students were labelled `learning disabled'"

  6. tag, label, mark(verb)

    attach a tag or label to

    "label these bottles"

  7. pronounce, label, judge(verb)

    pronounce judgment on

    "They labeled him unfit to work here"

  8. label(verb)

    distinguish (as a compound or molecule) by introducing a labeled atom

  9. label(verb)

    distinguish (an element or atom) by using a radioactive isotope or an isotope of unusual mass for tracing through chemical reactions

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. label(noun)ˈleɪ bəl

    a tag or sticker on a product

    Check the label for washing instructions.

  2. labelˈleɪ bəl

    a brand or trademark

    designer labels

  3. labelˈleɪ bəl

    a description or categorization

    He doesn't deserves the label "monster."

  4. label(verb)ˈleɪ bəl

    to put a label on

    Each item is labeled with a price tag.

  5. labelˈleɪ bəl

    to consider or describe in a particular way

    She had been unfairly labeled as a racist.


  1. label(Noun)

    A small ticket or sign giving information about something to which it is attached or intended to be attached.

  2. label(Noun)

    A name given to something or someone to categorise them as part of a particular social group.

    Ever since he started going to the rock club, he's been given the label "waster".

  3. label(Noun)

    A company that sells records.

    The label signed the band after hearing a demo tape.

  4. label(Noun)

    A user-defined alias for a numerical designation, the reverse of an enumeration.

    Storage devices can be given by label or id.

  5. label(Noun)

    A named place in source code that can be jumped to using a GOTO or equivalent construct.

  6. label(Verb)

    To put a label (a ticket or sign) on (something).

    The shop assistant labeled all the products in the shop.

  7. label(Verb)

    To give a label to (someone or something) in order to categorise that person or thing.

    He's been unfairly labeled as a cheat, although he's only ever cheated once.

  8. Origin: From label, from label (Modern French: lambeau), from Old , from lappōn, from leb-. Cognate with lappa, læppa. More at lap.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Label(noun)

    a tassel

  2. Label(noun)

    a slip of silk, paper, parchment, etc., affixed to anything, usually by an inscription, the contents, ownership, destination, etc.; as, the label of a bottle or a package

  3. Label(noun)

    a slip of ribbon, parchment, etc., attached to a document to hold the appended seal; also, the seal

  4. Label(noun)

    a writing annexed by way of addition, as a codicil added to a will

  5. Label(noun)

    a barrulet, or, rarely, a bendlet, with pendants, or points, usually three, especially used as a mark of cadency to distinguish an eldest or only son while his father is still living

  6. Label(noun)

    a brass rule with sights, formerly used, in connection with a circumferentor, to take altitudes

  7. Label(noun)

    the name now generally given to the projecting molding by the sides, and over the tops, of openings in mediaeval architecture. It always has a /quare form, as in the illustration

  8. Label(noun)

    in mediaeval art, the representation of a band or scroll containing an inscription

  9. Label(verb)

    to affix a label to; to mark with a name, etc.; as, to label a bottle or a package

  10. Label(verb)

    to affix in or on a label


  1. Sticker

    A sticker is a type of label: a piece of printed paper or plastic with pressure sensitive adhesive on one side. They can be used for decoration, depending on the situation. They can come in many different shapes, sizes and colours and are put on things such as lunchboxes, in children's rooms, on paper, lockers, notebooks and so on. Some people collect and trade stickers with other collectors. Temporary name tags are usually stickers. Stickers are very widely used when an object requires identification with a word or idea. Brand stickers may be attached to products to label these products as coming from a certain company. They may also be used to describe characteristics of the products that would not be obvious from simple examination. A label dispenser is often used as a convenient way to separate the sticky label from its liner or backing tape. They are frequently distributed as part of promotional, advertising, and political campaigns; for example, in many voting districts in the U.S., stickers indicating an individual has voted are given to each voter as they leave the polling place, largely as a reminder to others to vote.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'LABEL' in Nouns Frequency: #1425

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'LABEL' in Verbs Frequency: #788

Translations for LABEL

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a small written note fixed on or near anything to tell its contents, owner etc

luggage labels; The label on the blouse said `Do not iron'.

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