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

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

Anagrams of label

  1. Bella

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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