label Definition

  • 1a small piece of paper, fabric, plastic, or similar material attached to an object and giving information about it
  • 2a word or phrase indicating that what follows belongs in a particular category or classification

Using label: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "label" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The label on the back of the shirt says it's made of cotton.

  • Example

    She removed the label from the jar before putting it in the recycling bin.

  • Example

    The music label signed a new artist last week.

  • Example

    The product label warns against using the medication with alcohol.

label Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for label

Idioms Using label

  • read between the lines (of something)

    to understand the hidden or implied meaning in something that is said or written, especially when it is not directly stated


    The label on the package said 'low-fat,' but reading between the lines, it was clear that the product was still high in sugar.

  • put a label on someone/something

    to categorize or stereotype someone or something based on limited information or characteristics


    Don't put a label on her just because she dresses differently than you do.

  • to stop working or trying to accomplish something for the remainder of the day


    We've been working on this project for hours, let's label it a day and come back to it tomorrow.

Phrases with label

  • a product or service produced by one company that other companies rebrand to make it appear as if they had made it


    The software company offers a white label solution for businesses to customize and resell.

  • a product manufactured by one company but sold under another company's brand name


    The grocery store chain sells private label products alongside national brands.

  • label someone/something as

    to describe or classify someone or something in a particular way


    It's not fair to label all teenagers as troublemakers.

Origins of label

from Old French 'labell', meaning 'narrow band or strip'


Summary: label in Brief

The term 'label' [ˈleɪbl] refers to a small piece of material attached to an object that provides information about it, or a word or phrase indicating that what follows belongs in a particular category. It can be used in contexts such as clothing, food, and music, exemplified by 'The label on the back of the shirt says it's made of cotton.' 'Label' extends into phrases like 'white label,' and idioms like 'read between the lines,' denoting hidden meanings, and 'label it a day,' implying stopping work.

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