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[neym-pleyt] /ˈneɪmˌpleɪt/
a flat, usually rectangular piece of metal, wood, or plastic on which the name of a person, company, etc., is printed or engraved:
She has a large office with her nameplate on the door.
masthead (def 2).
Origin of nameplate
1880-85; name + plate1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • "Sometimes a simple approach works," said the counselor, shoving aside the nameplate.

    Forget Me Nearly Floyd L. Wallace
  • The carriage paused at a fine residence with just a nameplate on the door.

    The Girls at Mount Morris Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • Now paint the sides, ends and handles, but be careful not to cover the nameplate.

  • The nameplate on the appliance will give the voltage required for proper operation as well as either amperage or watts.

  • For this one hour charge, use the "starting" rate, as stamped on the nameplate.

  • Mr. Parker offered Penny a paper, smiling as he saw her stare at the nameplate.

    The Secret Pact Mildred A. Wirt
British Dictionary definitions for nameplate


a small panel on or next to the door of a room or building, bearing the occupant's name and profession
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for nameplate

1882, from name (n.) + plate (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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