Definition of label in English:



  • 1A small piece of paper, fabric, plastic, or similar material attached to an object and giving information about it.

    • ‘The label contains valuable information for taking the medicine properly.’
    • ‘Before taking any medicine, read the label and any accompanying information.’
    • ‘The information panels and labels, on the other hand, are strongly ethnographic so that the exhibition can work at both levels.’
    • ‘Our bin has been put out regularly on the date stipulated on the attached label.’
    • ‘Some labels will carry information on the right calorific intake for an ‘average’ person, but that is not helpful for the many non-average consumers.’
    • ‘A toll-free phone number is available on the label for updated information on the industry's program.’
    • ‘However, manufacturers could be breaking the law if the information on labels is misleading to the public.’
    • ‘Product labels provide information on safe handling and application.’
    • ‘Read the label and patient information leaflet, provided with your medicine, carefully and always follow the instructions.’
    • ‘The responsibilities of the food sector in producing safe food and providing accurate information on the label should be emphasised.’
    • ‘Sophie Lorimer, prosecuting, said that a security officer began tracking Rooney after seeing her remove price labels and security tags from items of clothing.’
    • ‘The authority stressed that the information contained on food labels should be clear, unambiguous and must not make misleading or false claims.’
    • ‘Be sure to read and understand all labels and information provided or required to be provided with materials that you may purchase, store, or use.’
    • ‘If you've checked the nutrition information on the label and thought the calorie, fat and sodium content seemed surprisingly low, check the serving size.’
    • ‘After all, the majority of the consumers apparently do not pay much attention to the information given on the label.’
    • ‘Representatives of the tax authorities said they have come across incidents when the excise labels had been attached to the bottles with adhesive tape or rubber bands.’
    • ‘On the evidence label attached to the material was written the word ‘debris’.’
    • ‘My mother works part-time in a factory where she weighs chickens before sealing them in plastic and then attaching labels.’
    • ‘Empty bottles with attached labels are obtainable, but even they are expensive.’
    • ‘The Food Labelling Group recognised the concerns of consumers that there needed to be clearer information on labels in relation to allergens.’
    tag, ticket, tab, sticker, marker, docket, chit, chitty, flag, stamp
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    1. 1.1A piece of fabric sewn inside a garment and bearing the brand name, size, or instructions for care.
      • ‘If a garment label says ‘washable,’ does that mean it can't be dry-cleaned?’
      • ‘The label on the inside of my jeans tells me that I am just the right size for a man my age, that I should turn them inside out to wash them and to keep away from fire.’
      • ‘Later in the station he photographed a label attached to the trouser leg.’
      • ‘I stared at the size label hard and wondered if he would drown in it.’
      • ‘This, for anyone not in the know, is the surreptitious act of slapping size 10 labels on clothes that are really a 12.’
      • ‘It was then that he noticed the label inside the pants.’
      • ‘The first thing any of us look at when we pick up a piece of apparel is the label in the neck.’
      • ‘Washable rayon will state the care on the fabric label.’
      • ‘If you were going to give away a T-shirt, no one much cared what it said on the label.’
      • ‘If you put a care label under the brand label, it would really ruin the whole thing.’
      • ‘First and foremost, always follow the cleaning instructions on your garment's label.’
      • ‘Check the garment's label for recommended wash temperature to prevent colors from fading and dyes from running.’
      • ‘Check the label and care for them according to the manufacturer's instructions.’
      • ‘The first step is to discern which pieces should be dry-cleaned by reading the labels on your clothing.’
      • ‘As a result people are growing fatter without realising it as they can still fit into clothes with ‘smaller’ size labels.’
      • ‘Aren't there any tags or labels inside the boot that could give us a hint?’
      • ‘Care labels and hangs tags were supplied by Rockywoods Outdoor Fabrics.’
      • ‘Finally, don't fret if your pattern size is larger than your ready-to-wear size - there won't be any size labels on the finished garment!’
      • ‘But do I want to pay twice or three times the cost of a normal garment just to sport a brand label?’
      • ‘Check labels on garments and other textile items and never dry with heat those items which warn against such drying lest a fire start.’
    2. 1.2The piece of paper in the center of a phonograph record giving the artist and title.
    3. 1.3A company that produces recorded music.
      ‘independent labels’
      • ‘Do you have plans to use the label to release material by bands other than yourselves?’
      • ‘With the offices of major record labels closed and no one around to promote the music, it means that your label just doesn't care whether you succeed or fail.’
      • ‘When we started our record label, disco music was selling.’
      • ‘When signing with a major label, an artist's advance is expected to fund the recording of an album, with the balance going into the artist's pocket.’
      • ‘It was up to the smaller independent labels to record and market new sounds.’
      • ‘A few of those artists and labels are highlighted here, as well.’
      • ‘This allows an artist or their label to know how many times a song is played and provides practical information that is crucial when a band approaches stores about retailing its music.’
      • ‘Artists sign with labels because they see it as the only way to sell albums and make a living.’
      • ‘So, for a city with no urban radio station, no artists signed to major labels, and no videos in heavy rotation, we seem to have a lot going for us.’
      • ‘And, some labels don't care about trends and release whatever they like - hoping that you'll like it too.’
      • ‘I cannot imagine submitting my material to a label and having them reject my new work and refuse to release it.’
      • ‘Since then Migs has become one of the label's most visible artists.’
      • ‘At a major label, most artists are unlikely to earn anything unless they sell at least 1 million albums, and even then, they could wind up in debt.’
      • ‘Set up in the summer of 1998 in Paris, Active Suspension has become one of the most forward thinking record labels to come out of France.’
      • ‘Our goal was to sell 10,000 in the first year, since the label is brand new and this is the first record out on it.’
      • ‘We, as musicians, need the resources of record labels to promote our music.’
      • ‘Perhaps of greater concern, this model would entail a radical rethinking of how record labels deliver products.’
      • ‘Puff Daddy, Jay-Z, Nelly and other artists own their own labels or hold large executive rights.’
      • ‘I look forward to forging an on-going dialogue with artist, labels, and others concerning this and all related issues.’
      • ‘Musicians and others concerned about rebellious music should work to create independent bands, record labels, venues, and stores.’
    4. 1.4The name or trademark of a fashion company.
      ‘she plans to launch her own designer clothes label’
      • ‘Think about it; a belt is one of two accessories you wear just about every day, so you'll get plenty of mileage out of your extra dollars spent on a designer label.’
      • ‘It included quality copies of expensive garments by labels such as Burberry, Ted Baker and Hugo Boss and shoes by Nike.’
      • ‘It's ostensibly a menswear label, but women also wear it.’
      • ‘Brands included Adidas, Nike, Nope Susst, labels for the fashion conscious.’
      • ‘He created the fashion label, food lines and then an airline all branded Kingfisher.’
      • ‘Versace launched his fashion label in 1978 and the year before his death made pre-tax profits of £60m.’
      • ‘The new entity, will continue to use Rosen's labels and trademarks, including the ‘Cedar Springs’ line of lamb products.’
      • ‘There are five lunchtime catwalk shows, showcasing new designers, colleges and alternative fashion labels.’
      • ‘I think men are much more aware of designer labels and fashion trends than they were even a year ago.’
      • ‘It's no coincidence that most of today's major fashion labels push their own line of hats to complement their brand of clothing and accessories.’
      • ‘While waiting for our main courses, Jackie O attempted to persuade us that she had interests beyond fashion labels.’
      • ‘Bebe has a very similar one for $169 if you like the design more than you care about the label.’
      • ‘I spotted a handful of guys donning suits with designer labels on their sleeves.’
      • ‘Dubai has a range of fashion houses, from designer labels like Armani to economy brands like Giordano.’
      • ‘She dumped her many bags at her feet, the designer labels of Gucci, Versace and Prada among many other charming store names marked clearly on the side of the bags.’
      • ‘The head designers for cutting-edge labels such as Armani Exchange and Lafayette 148, for example, are Black.’
      • ‘I find it rather comical that skinheads are worried about their designer labels.’
      • ‘If one of their coping strategies is to fetishise a few silly fashion labels, isn't that forgivable?’
      • ‘He was voted best student in 2002 at the Technikon, a year before he started his fashion label called ANNEX.’
      • ‘With four knitting machines they produce knitwear for other labels, until Rosita decides that they must produce their own line.’
      brand, brand name, trade name, trademark, proprietary name, line, make, logo
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    5. 1.5A classifying phrase or name applied to a person or thing, especially one that is inaccurate or restrictive.
      ‘my reluctance to stick a label on myself politically’
      • ‘In parallel, in Austria the label of ‘degenerate artist’ meant Berg had to fight to the last for any musical freedom.’
      • ‘And I always wondered why they tried to stick the angry label on him.’
      • ‘That was a fundamental contribution of Menzies and the label has stuck.’
      • ‘Those of us who self-identify as being part of the left are constantly battling with the seemingly trivial issue of political labels.’
      • ‘Honestly, I don't care about labels - liberal or conservative.’
      • ‘But the label stuck and politically I was ‘right wing’.’
      • ‘Does anybody really think that ‘homosexual’ as a label describes one specific biological condition and that every gay person is an identical clone?’
      • ‘For now, the US seems to be avoiding the genocide label but is sticking with ethnic cleansing to describe the situation.’
      • ‘As everywhere, political labels were stuck on innumerable long-standing local antagonisms and vendettas and provided new justifications for pursuing them.’
      • ‘Won't some kids be stuck with a label very early on, when actually they might well change?’
      • ‘He considered retiring from the movie scene when the Jack the Joker label stuck too firmly after the release of Batman.’
      • ‘Both parties try to tag their opponents' policies with phrases and labels intended to place them in the most negative light.’
      • ‘The disappeared have acquired names and faces and labels: The sister, the lover, the dental technician, the office cleaner, the oil executive.’
      • ‘You cannot stick labels on some relationships.’
      • ‘But as they point out, ‘most people would rather be referred to by their name than by a label.’’
      • ‘It is easy to stick a label on a group of people without getting to know them as individuals first.’
      • ‘As in past case studies, we need to begin by handling sociocultural labels with care.’
      • ‘If you try and argue about moral matters and talk about principles you'll get these labels attached to you.’
      • ‘He expressed concern that Tralee has been described as a dirty town and he warned that the label will stick if the local people allow it to.’
      • ‘I'm not so attached to the label of being ‘straight’ that I'm about to fight about it.’
      designation, denomination, description, characterization, identification, tag
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    6. 1.6(in a dictionary entry) a word or words used to specify the subject area, register, or geographical origin of the word being defined.
      • ‘Interestingly, Australian-edited dictionaries no longer use ‘slang’ as a register label.’
    7. 1.7Computing A string of characters used to refer to a particular instruction in a program.
      • ‘To force the paradigm, Geoff Cohen was talking about a computer language where names and labels were outlawed.’
      • ‘If there is a label in any given line, we save the label and the device filename in a hash.’
      • ‘The lack of consistency in program labels and definitions nationwide creates a thorny obstacle to research synthesis.’
      • ‘The system creates a unique identifier or label for each stored object.’
    8. 1.8Chemistry Biology A radioactive isotope, fluorescent dye, or enzyme used to make something identifiable for study.
      • ‘These machines attached different colored fluorescent tags to the DNA fragments instead of radioactive labels, and read them off automatically.’
      • ‘The majority of the methods are based on the fluorescence measurements or on the usage of radioactive labels for detecting matter flux.’
      • ‘Some techniques involve the application of radioactive labels to the proteins.’
      • ‘Alternatively, the presence of the protein of interest on the gel can be detected by using a detectable label - e.g. a radioactive ion or compound to the protein.’
      • ‘A radioactive label within the DNA permits direct visualization and quantitation of the results.’
  • 2Heraldry
    A narrow horizontal strip, typically with three downward projections, that is superimposed on a coat of arms by an eldest son during the life of his father.

    • ‘Every member of the family is awarded a distinctive coat of arms with a label, issued by Royal Warrant from the Queen rather than a grant of arms from the heralds as others receive.’
  • 3Architecture

    another term for dripstone


  • 1 Attach a label to (something)

    ‘she labeled the parcels neatly, writing the addresses in capital letters’
    • ‘Many doors lined the walls, and each door was labeled with the name of a place.’
    • ‘You cannot mark or label your package as containing firearms.’
    • ‘Each light is labelled with its musical name as well as its scientific frequency.’
    • ‘On learning that the cancer had returned yet again she went about labelling her jewellery to be left to family and friends and writing letters for the family to be opened at Christmas knowing that she would no longer be with us.’
    • ‘He flipped the light on and noticed the bottle of pills, as well as the paper labeled with his name.’
    • ‘Each one was labeled with the name of a crew member.’
    • ‘For example, if syringes are not labeled with the name of the medication they contain, people inadvertently may give a patient the wrong medication.’
    • ‘White lines on a black floor are labeled with names of streets.’
    • ‘I shook my head as I flipped through the hanging outfits until I came to one labeled with my name.’
    • ‘It was labelled with the name of one of the directors of the hotel.’
    • ‘Children's cubbies are usually labeled with their names.’
    • ‘Some tapes were labelled with the names of children and women and detailed information about the film, even whether the footage was light or dark.’
    • ‘The majority of the vehicles are labelled with essential details - model, brand and year - and in some cases special features are also mentioned.’
    • ‘Workbook exercises are labeled to correspond neatly with the main text they support.’
    • ‘The roads are labeled with the names of animals: Hawk, Hen, Rabbit, Lion.’
    • ‘These pictures are glued down to a large sheet of construction paper and the sheets are labeled with the name of the concept.’
    • ‘Each of the first entries is labelled with the name of the voice.’
    • ‘I looked more closely and saw that there were rows across labeled with the names of all the rooms.’
    • ‘Hasted met me at his office, and showed me a drawer full of broken and bent spoons, each labeled with names and dates.’
    • ‘Almost everything on the floor has a designated position and is labeled as such and is kept in that position.’
    tag, attach labels to, put labels on, tab, ticket, stamp, mark, put stickers on, docket, flag
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    1. 1.1Assign to a category, especially inaccurately or restrictively.
      ‘children were labeled as bullies’
      [with object and complement] ‘the critics labeled him a loser’
      • ‘Nance, 26, of York, kept her gift a secret throughout her school days for fear of being labelled as ‘different’.’
      • ‘What really hurt them was being labelled as under-achievers.’
      • ‘Kingston Council has once again been labelled as an ‘excellent’ local authority.’
      • ‘Measures designed to promote and protect local educational values could be labelled as ‘barriers to trade’.’
      • ‘One of the reasons we made the film was to present a different picture of people who have been labelled as ‘mentally ill’ than normally appears in the media.’
      • ‘She says she was labelled as a ‘troublemaker’ in her small hometown.’
      • ‘Despite being labelled as weak Havering councillors were putting on a brave face and pointing out they were at least moving in the right direction.’
      • ‘I think that it's fair to say that this book should really be labelled as a failed experiment, shelved, and forgotten about.’
      • ‘A group of youths in Silsden are fed up being labelled as vandals and are working with Silsden Business Watch to find an area where they can ride their bikes.’
      • ‘On the other hand, you can risk being labelled as a mindless automaton by never going out on a limb and only writing about ‘safe’ things.’
      • ‘One is tempted to conclude that it reflects a fear that anyone who is publicly critical of the extent of the problems will be labelled as a racist or similar.’
      • ‘But to have worked so hard, put so many hours in and sacrificed so much only to then be labelled as a racist is wrong.’
      • ‘We need to accept that the majority of young people don't commit crime and those that do need help and support, rather than being labelled as bad or evil.’
      • ‘A Brentwood mother has labelled the postal service appalling after an important parcel took almost three weeks to arrive.’
      • ‘While we choose not to be labelled as such, it behooves us to reflect on the sadness and self loathing we experience as a result of performing acts of escapism.’
      • ‘There is a generation of activists that have been labelled as criminals for expressing dissent.’
      • ‘Many people around the world who were once labelled as terrorists are now regarded as international leaders or even statesmen.’
      • ‘The student who enters grad school intent on becoming a traditional humanist is the student who will be labelled as hopelessly unsophisticated by her peers and her professors.’
      • ‘Even so, Taylor said that the playoffs are a new season and the team is striving for a national championship despite being labelled as underdogs.’
      • ‘Rangers star Ronald de Boer last night angrily labelled the one-year ban imposed on his brother Frank as a miscarriage of justice.’
      categorize, classify, class, characterize, describe, designate, identify
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    2. 1.2Biology Chemistry Make (a substance, molecule, or cell) identifiable or traceable by replacing an atom with one of a distinctive radioactive isotope, or by attaching a fluorescent dye, enzyme, or other molecule.
      • ‘Although not easy, cell membranes are frequently labeled with fluorescent fatty acids and lipids.’
      • ‘The radioactive carbon is the tracer molecule and the carbon dioxide has been labelled or tagged.’
      • ‘Cells can also be labelled by intracellular injection of fluorescent dyes or reporter enzymes.’
      • ‘She used two fluorescent stains to label heart cells as either male or female.’
      • ‘Cells were labeled with fluorescent lipid analogs before cholesterol depletion.’


Middle English (denoting a narrow strip or band): from Old French, ribbon probably of Germanic origin and related to lap.