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

     

    tag

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    BrE BrE//tæɡ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tæɡ//
     
    Children's games
     
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  1. 1[countable] (often in compounds) a small piece of paper, cloth, plastic, etc. attached to something to identify it or give information about it He put name tags on all his shirts. a gift tag (= tied to a present) The police use electronic tags to monitor the whereabouts of young offenders on probation. 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 also price tag
  2. 2[countable, usually singular] a name or phrase that is used to describe a person or thing in some way They are finally ready to drop the tag ‘the new Beatles’. The ‘lucky’ tag stuck for years.
  3. 3[countable] (linguistics) a word or phrase that is added to a sentence for emphasis, for example I do in Yes, I do see also question tag
  4. 4[countable] (computing) a set of letters or symbols that are put before and after a piece of text or data in order to identify it or show that it is to be treated in a particular way
  5. 5[countable] a short quotation or saying in a foreign language the Latin tag ‘Si vis pacem, para bellum.’ (= if you want peace, prepare for war)
  6. 6 (British English also tig) [uncountable] a children’s game in which one child chases the others and tries to touch one of them See related entries: Children's games
  7. 7[countable] a symbol or name used by a graffiti writer and painted in a public place
  8. Word Originnoun senses 1 to 5 late Middle English (denoting a narrow hanging section of a decoratively slashed garment): of unknown origin; compare with dag. The verb dates from the early 17th cent. noun sense 6 mid 18th cent.: perhaps a variant of tig.Extra examples I still have to put gift tags on all the presents. The baby had a plastic name tag on its ankle. The president made several jokes in an attempt to shake off his ‘humourless’ tag. This designer suit carries a price tag of £2 000. All babies in the hospital have name tags tied around their ankles. Everyone at the conference had to wear a name tag. I attached a gift tag. I had to sew name labels/​tags into all my son’s clothes for school. There is a £2 million price tag on the team’s star player. This wine is well worth its £8.95 price tag. What does the price tag say?
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