Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A word or words by which an entity is designated and distinguished from others.
  • n. A word or group of words used to describe or evaluate, often disparagingly.
  • n. Representation or repute, as opposed to reality: a democracy in name, a police state in fact.
  • n. A reputation: has a bad name.
  • n. A distinguished reputation: made a name for himself as a drummer.
  • n. An illustrious or outstanding person: joined several famous names for a photograph. See Synonyms at celebrity.
  • transitive v. To give a name to: named the child after both grandparents.
  • transitive v. To mention, specify, or cite by name: named the primary colors.
  • transitive v. To call by an epithet: named them all cowards.
  • transitive v. To nominate for or appoint to a duty, an office, or an honor. See Synonyms at appoint.
  • transitive v. To specify or fix: We need to name the time for our meeting.
  • adj. Informal Well-known by a name: a name performer.
  • idiom in the name of By the authority of: Open up in the name of the law!
  • idiom in the name of For the reason of; using as a reason: grisly experiments performed in the name of science.
  • idiom to (one's) name Belonging to one: I don't have a hat to my name.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any nounal word or phrase which indicates a particular person, place, class, or thing.
  • n. Reputation.
  • n. A person (or legal person).
  • n. A unique identifier, generally a string of characters.
  • n. An investor in Lloyds of London bearing unlimited liability.
  • v. To give a name to.
  • v. To mention, specify.
  • v. To identify as relevant or important
  • v. To publicly implicate.
  • v. To designate for a role.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The title by which any person or thing is known or designated; a distinctive specific appellation, whether of an individual or a class.
  • n. A descriptive or qualifying appellation given to a person or thing, on account of a character or acts.
  • n. Reputed character; reputation, good or bad; estimation; fame; especially, illustrious character or fame; honorable estimation; distinction.
  • n. Those of a certain name; a race; a family.
  • n. A person, an individual.
  • transitive v. To give a distinctive name or appellation to; to entitle; to denominate; to style; to call.
  • transitive v. To mention by name; to utter or publish the name of; to refer to by distinctive title; to mention.
  • transitive v. To designate by name or specifically for any purpose; to nominate; to specify; to appoint.
  • transitive v. To designate (a member) by name, as the Speaker does by way of reprimand.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To distinguish by bestowing a particular appellation upon; denominate; entitle; designate by a particular appellation or epithet.
  • To mention by name; pronounce or record the name of: as, the person named in a document; also, to mention in general; speak of.
  • To nominate; designate for any purpose by name; specify; prescribe.
  • In the British House of Commons, to mention formally by name as guilty of a breach of the rules or of disorderly conduct calling for suspension or some other disciplinary measure.
  • To pronounce to be; speak of as; call.
  • Synonyms To call, term, style, dub.
  • n. A word by which a person or thing is denoted; the word or words by which an individual person or thing, or a class of persons or things, is designated, and distinguished from others; appellation; denomination; designation.
  • n. Figuratively, an individual as represented by his name; a person as existing in the memory or thoughts of others.
  • n. That which is commonly said of a person; reputation; character: as, a good name; a bad name; a name for benevolence.
  • n. Renown; fame; honor; eminence; distinction.
  • n. The mere word by which anything is called, as distinguished from the thing itself; appearance only, not reality: as, a friend in name, a rival in reality.
  • n. Persons bearing a particular name or patronymic; a family; a connection.
  • n. A person or thing to be remembered.
  • n. In grammar, a noun.
  • n. Right, ownership, or legal possession, as represented by one's name: as, to hold property in one's own name, or in the name of another.
  • n. In behalf of; on the part of; by the authority of: used often in invocation, adjuration, or the like: as, it was done in the name of the people; in the name of common sense, what do you mean? in God's name, spare us.
  • n. In the capacity or character of.
  • n. Compare name of God.
  • n. Synonyms Name, Appellation, Title, Designation, Denomination, Style. Name is the simplest and most general word for that by which any person or thing is called: as, “His name is John,” Luke i. 63. An appellation is a descriptive and therefore specific term, as Saint Louis; John's appellation was the Baptist; George Washington has the appellation of Father of his Country. A title is an official or honorary appellation, as reverend, bishop, doctor, colonel, duke. A designation is a distinctive appellation or title, marking the individual, as Charles the Simple, James the Less. Denomination is to a class what designation is to an individual: as, coin of various denominations; a common use of the word is in application to a separate or independent Christian body or organization. Style may be essentially the same as appellation, but it is now generally limited to a name assumed or assigned for public use: as, the style of his most Christian Majesty; they transacted business under the firm style of Smith & Co.
  • n. Repute, credit, note.
  • n. See nam.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a language unit by which a person or thing is known
  • n. a well-known or notable person
  • n. by the sanction or authority of
  • v. identify as in botany or biology, for example
  • v. determine or distinguish the nature of a problem or an illness through a diagnostic analysis
  • v. charge with a function; charge to be
  • v. assign a specified (usually proper) proper name to
  • n. a person's reputation
  • v. make reference to
  • n. family based on male descent
  • v. mention and identify by name
  • n. a defamatory or abusive word or phrase
  • v. create and charge with a task or function
  • v. give the name or identifying characteristics of; refer to by name or some other identifying characteristic property
  • v. give or make a list of; name individually; give the names of

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English nama; see nŏ̄-men- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English name, nome, from Old English nama, noma ("name; noun; the particular word used to denote any object of thought not considered in a purely individual character; title; reputation; the reputation of some character or attribute; the mere appellation in contrast or opposition to the actual person or thing"), from Proto-Germanic *namô (“name”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁nḗh₃mn̥ (“name”). Cognate with Scots name, naim, nem ("name"), North Frisian Neem, Naam, nööm, noome ("name"), Saterland Frisian Noome ("name"), West Frisian namme ("name"), Dutch naam ("name"), Low German Name ("name"), German Name ("name"), Danish navn ("name"), Swedish namn ("name"), Icelandic nafn ("name"), Latin nōmen ("name"). See also neven. (Wiktionary)

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  • "A person with a bad name is already half-hanged" -Proverb

    July 14, 2009

  • "But it was her voice which interested Morse: the broad north-country vowels in 'luv' and 'blunt'; the pleasing nairm she had - and perhaps the not unpleasant prospect of meeting her sometime orver a drunk with her hair doon ..."
    - Colin Dexter, 'The Way Through The Woods'.

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