label

label

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English

Alternative forms

  • labell (non-standard)

Etymology

From Middle English label (narrow band, strip of cloth), from Old French label, lambel (Modern French: lambeau), from Old Frankish *labba (torn piece of cloth), from Proto-Germanic *lappǭ, *lappô (cloth stuff, rag, scraps, flap, dewlap, lobe, rabbit ear), from Proto-Indo-European *leb- (blade). Cognate with Old High German lappa (rag, piece of cloth), Old English læppa (skirt, flap of a garment). More at lap.

Pronunciation

  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ˈleɪbəl/
  • Rhymes: -eɪbəl

Noun

label (plural labels)

  1. A small ticket or sign giving information about something to which it is attached or intended to be attached.
    Synonyms: sign, tag, ticket
  2. A name given to something or someone to categorise them as part of a particular social group.
    Synonyms: category, pigeonhole
  3. (music) A company that sells records.
    Synonym: record label
  4. (computing) A user-defined alias for a numerical designation, the reverse of an enumeration.
  5. (computing) A named place in source code that can be jumped to using a GOTO or equivalent construct.
  6. (heraldry) A charge resembling the strap crossing the horse’s chest from which pendants are hung.
    Synonym: lambel
  7. (obsolete) A tassel.
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  8. A piece of writing added to something, such as a codicil appended to a will.
  9. A brass rule with sights, formerly used with a circumferentor to take altitudes.
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  10. (architecture) The projecting moulding by the sides, and over the tops, of openings in mediaeval architecture.
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  11. In mediaeval art, the representation of a band or scroll containing an inscription.
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Derived terms

  • designer label
  • record label

Translations

Verb

label (third-person singular simple present labels, present participle (UK) labelling or (US) labeling, simple past and past participle (UK) labelled or (US) labeled)

  1. (transitive) To put a label (a ticket or sign) on (something).
    The shop assistant labeled all the products in the shop.
  2. (ditransitive) 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.
  3. (biochemistry) To replace specific atoms by their isotope in order to track the presence or movement of this isotope through a reaction, metabolic pathway or cell.
  4. (biochemistry) To add a detectable substance, either transiently or permanently, to a biological substance in order to track the presence of the label-substance combination either in situ or in vitro
    • May 2015 — "Protein binder woes" (editorial), Nature Methods, 12(5): 373.
      They may be used to label and image a protein within tissue, to isolate cells on the basis of marker expression, or to physically capture a protein from a complex biological mixture....

Synonyms

  • (put a ticket or sign on): tag, price
  • (give a label to in order to categorise): categorise, compartmentalise, peg, pigeonhole; see also Thesaurus:classify

Translations

References

  • label in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  • label in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.

Anagrams

  • Abell, Beall, Bella, be-all

Dutch

Etymology

Borrowed from English label.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈleːbəl/

Noun

label n (plural labels, diminutive labeltje n)

  1. quality label
    Max Havelaar is het bekendste fair-tradelabel.
    Max Havelaar is the most well-known fair-trade label.
  2. music label

Anagrams

  • balle

French

Etymology

Borrowed from English label, itself from Old French label, lambel (fringe, strip), 1899.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /la.bɛl/

Noun

label m (plural labels)

  1. quality label
  2. (music) record label

Derived terms

  • labelliser

Further reading

  • “label” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Anagrams

  • balle

Old French

Alternative forms

  • lambeau
  • lambel

Noun

label m (oblique plural labeaus or labeax or labiaus or labiax or labels, nominative singular labeaus or labeax or labiaus or labiax or labels, nominative plural label)

  1. strip of fabric
  2. badge; insignia
    • Les armes son pere a label portoit
      His weapons bore the insignia of his father

Descendants

  • English: label (borrowed)
    • French: label (borrowed)
  • French: lambeau

Polish

Etymology

Borrowed from English label.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈlɛj.bɛl/

Noun

label m inan

  1. music label

Declension

Synonyms

  • wytwórnia
  • wytwórnia płytowa

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