Meaning of LABEL in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ leɪb(ə)l ]

( labels, labelling, labelled)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.

Note: in AM, use 'labeling', 'labeled'


A label is a piece of paper or plastic that is attached to an object in order to give information about it.

He peered at the label on the bottle.



If something is labelled , a label is attached to it giving information about it.

The stuff has never been properly logged and labelled...

Meat labelled ‘Scotch Beef’ sells for a premium in supermarkets...

All the products are labelled with comprehensive instructions.

VERB : usu passive , be V-ed , V-ed quote , V-ed with n


If you say that someone or something is labelled as a particular thing, you mean that people generally describe them that way and you think that this is unfair.

Too often the press are labelled as bad boys...

Certain estates are labelled as undesirable...

They are afraid to contact the social services in case they are labelled a problem family...

If you venture from ‘feminine’ standards, you are labelled aggressive and hostile.

= brand

VERB : usu passive , be V-ed as n , be V-ed as adj , be V-ed n , be V-ed adj [ disapproval ]


If you say that someone gets a particular label , you mean that people show disapproval of them by describing them with a critical word or phrase.

Her treatment of her husband earned her the label of the most hated woman in America.

N-COUNT : usu with supp

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