a word or a combination of words by which a person, place, or thing, a body or class, or any object of thought is designated, called, or known.
mere designation, as distinguished from fact: He was a king in name only.
an appellation, title, or epithet, applied descriptively, in honor, abuse, etc.
a reputation of a particular kind given by common opinion: to protect one's good name.
a distinguished, famous, or great reputation; fame: to make a name for oneself.
a widely known or famous person; celebrity: She's a name in show business.
an unpleasant or derogatory appellation or expression: Don't call your brother names! Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me.
a personal or family name as exercising influence or bringing distinction: With that name they can get a loan at any bank in town.
a body of persons grouped under one name, as a family or clan.
the verbal or other symbolic representation of a thing, event, property, relation, or concept.
(initial capital letter) a symbol or vehicle of divinity: to take the Name in vain; the power of the Name.
verb (used with object), named, naming.
to give a name to: to name a baby.
to accuse: He was named as the thief.
to call by an epithet: They named her speedy.
to identify, specify, or mention by name: Three persons were named in the report.
to designate for some duty or office; nominate or appoint: I have named you for the position.
to specify; suggest: Name a price.
to give the name of: Can you name the capital of Ohio?
to speak of.
British. (in the House of Commons) to cite (a member) for contempt.
famous; widely known: a name author.
designed for or carrying a name.
giving its name or title to a collection or anthology containing it: the name piece.
by name,
personally; individually: She was always careful to address every employee by name.
not personally; by repute: I know him by name only.
call names, to scold or speak abusively of or to a person: Better not to call names unless one is larger and considerably stronger than one's adversary.
in the name of,
with appeal to: In the name of mercy, stop that screaming!
by the authority of: Open, in the name of the law!
on behalf of: to purchase something in the name of another.
under the name or possession of: money deposited in the name of a son.
under the designation or excuse of: murder in the name of justice.
name names, to specify people by name, especially those who have been accomplices in a misdeed: The witness in the bribery investigation threatened to name names.
to one's name, in one's possession: I haven't a penny to my name.

before 900; Middle English; Old English nama; cognate with German Name, Gothic namô; akin to Old Norse nafn, Latin nōmen, Greek ónoma, Old Irish ainm, Polish imię, Czech jméno

namer, noun
rename, verb (used with object), renamed, renaming.
self-named, adjective
undername, noun
undernamed, adjective
well-named, adjective

1. Name, title both refer to the label by which a person is known. Name is the simpler and more general word for appellation: The name is John. A title is an official or honorary term bestowed on a person or the specific designation of a book, article, etc.: He now has the title of Doctor. Treasure Island is the title of a book. 4. repute, character, credit. 5. note, distinction, renown, eminence. 6. personality. 14. nickname, dub, denominate. 16. choose. 17. mention. Unabridged

dictionary of names

a dictionary of given names that indicates whether a name is usually male, female, or unisex and often includes origins as well as meanings; for example, as by indicating that Evangeline, meaning “good news,” comes from Greek. Used primarily as an aid in selecting a name for a baby, dictionaries of names may also include lists of famous people who have shared a name and information about its current popularity ranking.
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name (neɪm)
1.  a word or term by which a person or thing is commonly and distinctively knownRelated: nominal
2.  mere outward appearance or form as opposed to fact (esp in the phrase in name): he was a ruler in name only
3.  a word, title, or phrase descriptive of character, usually abusive or derogatory: to call a person names
4.  reputation, esp, if unspecified, good reputation: he's made quite a name for himself
5.  a.  a famous person or thing: a name in the advertising world
 b.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) (as modifier): a name product
6.  a member of Lloyd's who provides part of the capital of a syndicate and shares in its profits or losses but does not arrange its business
7.  in the name of, under the name of using as a name
8.  in the name of
 a.  for the sake of
 b.  by the sanction or authority of
9.  know by name to have heard of without having met
10.  name of the game
 a.  anything that is essential, significant, or important
 b.  expected or normal conditions, circumstances, etc: in gambling, losing money's the name of the game
11.  to one's name belonging to one: I haven't a penny to my name
12.  to give a name to; call by a name: she named the child Edward
13.  to refer to by name; cite: he named three French poets
14.  to determine, fix, or specify: they have named a date for the meeting
15.  to appoint to or cite for a particular title, honour, or duty; nominate: he was named Journalist of the Year
16.  to ban (an MP) from the House of Commons by mentioning him formally by name as being guilty of disorderly conduct
17.  name and shame to reveal the identity of a person or organization guilty of illegal or unacceptable behaviour in order to embarrass them into not repeating the offence
18.  name names to cite people, esp in order to blame or accuse them
19.  name the day to choose the day for one's wedding
20.  you name it whatever you need, mention, etc
Related: nominal
[Old English nama, related to Latin nomen, Greek noma, Old High German namo, German Namen]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. nama, from P.Gmc. *namon (cf. O.Fris. nama, O.H.G. namo, Ger. Name, Du. naam, O.N. nafn, Goth. namo "name"), from PIE *nomn- (cf. Skt. nama, Avestan nama, Gk. onoma, onyma, L. nomen, O.C.S. ime, gen. imene, Rus. imya, O.Ir. ainm, O.Welsh anu). Meaning "one's reputation" is from c.1300. As a modifier
meaning "well-known," first attested 1938. The verb is from O.E. namian. Name-calling is from 1853; name-dropper first recorded 1947. The name of the game "the essential thing or quality" is from 1966; to have one's name in lights "be a famous performer" is from 1929.
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Idioms & Phrases


In addition to the idioms beginning with name, also see call names; clear one's name; drop names; give a bad name; go by (the name of); handle to one's name; in name only; in the name of; make a name for oneself; on a first-name basis; take someone's name in vain; to one's name; worthy of the name; you name it.

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Example sentences
To be successful in business, it may help to have a common name such as John.
Recent research finds that we all have a tough time remembering names as we age.
Stores typically label Maui onions by name.
The boy does not have a name, but he is not unknown.
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