Definition of what's in a name? in US English:

what's in a name?


  • Used to say that names are arbitrary labels.

    ‘What's in a name? If you know her by Elizabeth or Lizzie, she's still the same person’
    • ‘Some people will probably mourn the name changing and already there have been murmurings, but my message to them would be ‘what's in a name?’’
    • ‘Not being, nor wishing to be thought racist, I would hate to think there is some truth in the saying, ‘what's in a name?’’