(Old French) label sort of ribbon or fringe, label in heraldry, (French) lambeau shred, strip, rag; of uncertain origin; confer (Latin) labellum, diminutive of labrum lip, edge, margin, German lappen flap, patch, rag, tatter (confer Lap of a dress), (Welsh) llab, llabed, label, flap, (Gaelic) leab, leob, slice, shred, hanging lip.
1. A tassel. (obsolete) Huloet. Fuller.2. 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. A slip of ribbon, parchment, etc. attached to a document to hold the appended seal; also, the seal.4. A writing annexed by way of addition, as a codicil added to a will.5. (Heraldry) 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. A brass rule with sights, formerly used, in connection with a circumferentor, to take altitudes. Knight.7. (Gothic Architecture) 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 Architectural Pub. Society8. In mediaeval art, the representation of a band or scroll containing an inscription. Fairholt.
imperfect & past participle Labeled or Labelled; present participle & verbal noun Labeling or Labelling.
1. To affix a label to; to mark with a name, etc.; as, to label a bottle or a package.2. To affix in or on a label. [Rare]
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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 *lappōn, *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.
(small ticket): sign, tag, ticket (name given to something or someone): category, pigeonhole
label (plural labels) A small ticket or sign giving information about something to which it is attached or intended to be attached. We laughed at her because the label was still on her new sweater. The label says this silk scarf should not be washed in the washing machine. Although the label priced this poster at three pounds, I got it for two. 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". A company that sells records. The label signed the band after hearing a demo tape. (computing) A user-defined alias for a numerical designation, the reverse of an enumeration. Storage devices can be given by label or ID. (computing) A named place in source code that can be jumped to using a GOTO or equivalent construct. (heraldry) A charge resembling the strap crossing the horse’s chest from which pendants are hung. (obsolete) A tassel. (Can we find and add a quotation of Huloet to this entry?) (Can we find and add a quotation of Fuller to this entry?) A piece of writing added to something, such as a codicil appended to a will. A brass rule with sights, formerly used with a circumferentor to take altitudes. (Can we find and add a quotation of Knight to this entry?) (architecture) The projecting moulding by the sides, and over the tops, of openings in mediaeval architecture. (Can we find and add a quotation of Arch. Pub. Soc. to this entry?) In mediaeval art, the representation of a band or scroll containing an inscription. (Can we find and add a quotation of Fairholt to this entry?)
label (third-person singular simple present labels, present participle labelling (UK, some US) or labeling (US), simple past and past participle labelled (UK, some US) or labeled (US)) (transitive) To put a label (a ticket or sign) on (something). The shop assistant labeled all the products in the shop. (transitive) 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.
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