O brand

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brand (brænd)
1.  a particular product or a characteristic that serves to identify a particular product
2.  a trade name or trademark
3.  a particular kind or variety: he had his own brand of humour
4.  an identifying mark made, usually by burning, on the skin of animals or (formerly) slaves or criminals, esp as a proof of ownership
5.  an iron heated and used for branding animals, etc
6.  a mark of disgrace or infamy; stigma: he bore the brand of a coward
7.  a burning or burnt piece of wood, as in a fire
8.  archaic, poetic or
 a.  a flaming torch
 b.  a sword
9.  a fungal disease of garden plants characterized by brown spots on the leaves, caused by the rust fungus Puccinia arenariae
10.  to label, burn, or mark with or as with a brand
11.  to place indelibly in the memory: the scene of slaughter was branded in their minds
12.  to denounce; stigmatize: they branded him a traitor
13.  to give a product a distinctive identity by means of characteristic design, packaging, etc
[Old English brand-, related to Old Norse brandr, Old High German brant; see burn1]

Brand (brænd)
Russell, born 1975, English comedian and television presenter

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Word Origin & History

O.E. brand, brond "fire, flame; firebrand, piece of burning wood, torch," and (poetic) "sword," from P.Gmc. *brandaz (cf. O.N. brandr, O.H.G. brant, O.Fris. brond "firebrand, blade of a sword," Ger. brand "fire"), from base *bran-/*bren- (see burn). Meaning of "identifying
mark made by a hot iron" (1550s) broadened 1827 to "a particular make of goods." Brand name is from 1922. As a verb, brand is attested from c.1400. Related: Branded; branding.
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