What does Label mean?

Definitions for Label
ˈleɪ bəlla·bel

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Label.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. labelnoun

    a brief description given for purposes of identification

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

  2. label, recording labelnoun

    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. labelnoun

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

  4. labelverb

    an identifying or descriptive marker that is attached to an object

  5. labelverb

    assign a label to; designate with a label

    "These students were labelled `learning disabled'"

  6. tag, label, markverb

    attach a tag or label to

    "label these bottles"

  7. pronounce, label, judgeverb

    pronounce judgment on

    "They labeled him unfit to work here"

  8. labelverb

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

  9. labelverb

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


  1. labelnoun

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

  2. labelnoun

    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. labelnoun

    A company that sells records.

    The label signed the band after hearing a demo tape.

  4. labelnoun

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

    Storage devices can be given by label or id.

  5. labelnoun

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

  6. labelverb

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

    The shop assistant labeled all the products in the shop.

  7. labelverb

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Labelnoun

    Etymology: labellum, Latin.

    When wak’d, I found
    This label on my bosom; whose containing
    Is so from sense in hardness, that I can
    Make no collection of it. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    On the label of lead, the heads of St. Peter and St. Paul are impressed from the papal seal. John Ayliffe, Parergon.

    God join’d my heart to Romeo’s; thou our hands;
    And ere this hand by thee to Romeo seal’d,
    Shall be the label to another deed,
    Or my true heart with treacherous revolt
    Turn to another, this shall slay them both. William Shakespeare.


  1. Label

    A label (as distinct from signage) is a piece of paper, plastic film, cloth, metal, or other material affixed to a container or product, on which is written or printed information or symbols about the product or item. Information printed directly on a container or article can also be considered labelling. Labels have many uses, including promotion and providing information on a product's origin, the manufacturer (e.g., brand name), use, safety, shelf-life and disposal, some or all of which may be governed by legislation such as that for food in the UK or United States. Methods of production and attachment to packaging are many and various and may also be subject to internationally recognised standards. In many countries, hazardous products such as poisons or flammable liquids must have a warning label.


  1. label

    A label is a term, word, or phrase used to describe or identify something or someone. It can also refer to a small piece of paper, fabric, plastic, or similar material attached to an object and giving information about it, such as its nature, ownership, destination, contents, or origins. In the digital context, a label can be a name or a piece of information assigned to data or different forms of digital content.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Labelnoun

    a tassel

  2. Labelnoun

    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. Labelnoun

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

  4. Labelnoun

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

  5. Labelnoun

    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. Labelnoun

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

  7. Labelnoun

    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. Labelnoun

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

  9. Labelverb

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

  10. Labelverb

    to affix in or on a label

  11. Etymology: [OF. label sort of ribbon or fringe, label in heraldry, F. lambeau shred, strip, rag; of uncertain origin; cf. L. labellum, dim. of labrum lip, edge, margin, G. lappen flap, patch, rag, tatter (cf. Lap of a dress), W. llab, llabed, label, flap, Gael. leab, leob, slice, shred, hanging lip.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Label

    lā′bel, n. a small slip of writing affixed to anything to denote its contents, ownership, &c.: (law) a paper annexed to a will, as a codicil: (her.) a fillet with pendants: (archit.) the dripstone over a Gothic window or doorway arch.—v.t. to affix a label to: to describe by or on a label:—pr.p. lā′belling; pa.t. and pa.p. lā′belled. [O. Fr. label (Fr. lambeau); perh. from Old High Ger. lappa (Ger. lappen).]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. label

    In heraldry, is the mark of cadency which distinguishes the eldest son in his father’s lifetime. It consists of a horizontal stripe or fillet, with three points depending from it. When the mark of cadency itself is designated a file, its points are called labels.

Editors Contribution

  1. Label

    Noun; A tag or sticker marked on something, usually telling what it is. Verb; To mark something with a tag or sticker marked on something, usually telling what it is.

    I will label the jar of beans since everyone thinks it is peas.

    Etymology: Old French: label (ribbon), English: lap ---> label (middle English)

    Submitted by anonymous on January 29, 2021  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. LABEL

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Label is ranked #104156 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Label surname appeared 172 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Label.

    91.8% or 158 total occurrences were White.
    3.4% or 6 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Label in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Label in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Label in a Sentence

  1. Bill Samuels Jr.:

    My Master Distiller said, 'You know when your son comes in and replaces you, the first thing he's gonna do is take your name off the label and put his on there.' And I said, 'He won't do that.' Well, he did it. So I had to have a legacy and that was the creation of 46, it's a little bolder, it's got a longer finish, and it's got a spice, which comes from the finishing process where we use French oak.

  2. Lanie Friedman:

    This is impacting any company that uses nitrous oxide in food, so includes private label and competitive whipped topping too.

  3. Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson:

    I happen to live in the containment zone Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson, i'll be having lunch with my family in the containment zone a little bit later today, so I think the label alone can create a somewhat misleading impression.

  4. Peter Sellers:

    Some forms of reality are so horrible we refuse to face them, unless we are trapped into it by comedy. To label any subject unsuitable for comedy is to admit defeat.

  5. Joan Baez:

    If people have to put labels on me, I'd prefer the first label to be human being, the second label to be pacifist, and the third to be folk singer.

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Translations for Label

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  • ملصقArabic
  • etiquetar, etiquetaCatalan, Valencian
  • nálepka, štítek, označitCzech
  • etikettieren, Etikett, BeschriftungGerman
  • ετικέτα, ταμπέλα, [[δισκογραφικός, βαφτίζω, [[φοράω]] [[την]] [[ταμπέλα]], [[κατατάσσω]] [[σε]], [[κολλάω]] [[ετικέτα]]Greek
  • rotular, etiquetar, rótulo, etiquetaSpanish
  • برچسب زدن, برچسبPersian
  • laputtaa, leimata, leima, etiketti, levy-yhtiöFinnish
  • étiqueter, étiquetteFrench
  • címkeHungarian
  • etichettare, etichettaItalian
  • ラベルJapanese
  • pittaciumLatin
  • aanbrengen, prijzen, label, bestempelen, categoriseren, etiketteren, platenmaatschappij, etiketDutch
  • label, etykietować, etykietka, nalepka, etykieta, wytwórnia płytowa, metka, wytwórniaPolish
  • rotular, etiquetar, etiqueta, rótulo, classificarPortuguese
  • categorisi, etichetaRomanian
  • вешать ярлыки, лейбл, этикетка, ярлык, клеймо, наклейка, клеймить, бирка, наклеивать ярлыкиRussian
  • nalepnica, налепницаSerbo-Croatian
  • beteckna, skivbolag, beteckning, etikett, märka, etiketteraSwedish
  • etiketTurkish
  • 標籤Chinese

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