Definition of label noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

        

    label

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    BrE BrE//ˈleɪbl//
     
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  1. 1  a piece of paper, etc. that is attached to something and that gives information about it synonym tag, ticket The washing instructions are on the label. price/address labels We tested various supermarkets' own label pasta sauces (= those marked with the name of the shop/store where they are sold). He'll only wear clothes with a designer label. Synonymslabeltag stickerThese are all words for a piece of paper, fabric or plastic that is attached to something and gives information about it.label a small piece of paper, fabric or plastic that is attached to something in order to show what it is or give information about it:The washing instructions are on the label. address labels He’ll only wear clothes with a designer label.tag (often used in compounds) a small piece of paper, fabric or plastic that is attached to something, or that somebody wears, in order to give information about it/​them:Everyone at the conference had to wear a name tag.label or tag?Labels in clothes are usually made of fabric and sewn in. Tags on clothes are usually made of cardboard and cut off before you wear the clothes. A name tag can be stuck or tied onto somebody to show who they are:All babies in the hospital have name tags tied round their ankles.Price tag is much more frequent than price label and is used for both literal and figurative meanings:What does the price tag say? There is a £20 million price tag on the team’s star player. A label can also be a sticker that you put on an envelope. sticker a sticky label with a picture or message on it, that you stick on to something.Patterns a price label/​tag/​sticker to have a label/​tag/​sticker to attach/​put on/​stick on a label/​tag/​sticker The label/​tag/​sticker says… See related entries: The fashion world
  2. 2(disapproving) a word or phrase that is used to describe somebody/something in a way that seems too general, unfair or not correct I hated the label ‘housewife’.
  3. 3a company that produces and sells music, CDs, etc. the Virgin record label It's his first release for a major label.
  4. Word Origin Middle English (denoting a narrow strip): from Old French, ‘ribbon’.Extra examples Designer labels grew by nearly 4% in 2007. It doesn’t have a price label on it. One sometimes feels that the label ‘classic’ is applied to any book that is dull. She stuck labels on all the jars. The band are hoping to sign with a major label by the end of the year. The band is hoping to sign with a major label. The care label says ‘dry-clean only’. The record was produced under the Virgin label. What does it say on the label? Why do we need to attach a label to these feelings? clothes with a designer label He was cruelly given the label ‘Mr Zero’ by the Press. It’s his first release for a major label. This program produces address labels from your database. We tested various supermarkets’ own label pasta sauces.
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