Meaning of BRAND in English

BRAND

I. ˈbrand, -aa(ə)- noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English brand, brond brand, sword, from Old English; akin to Old High German brant brand, Old Norse brandr brand, blade of a sword, Old English byrnan, bærnan to burn — more at burn

1.

a. : a piece of wood that has been or is burning (as one from a hearth or a burning building) : firebrand

b. : something that resembles a burning piece of wood

blinding brands of lightning — P.B.Shelley

2.

a. : a sword blade

b. : sword

3.

a.

(1) : a mark of a simple easily recognized pattern made by burning with a hot iron to attest manufacture or quality or to designate ownership

(2) : a mark made with a stamp or stencil for similar purposes : trademark

b.

(1) : a mark put on criminals with a hot iron

(2) : a mark of disgrace : stigma

a reputation bearing the brand of criminal negligence

4.

a.

(1) : a class of goods identified as being the product of a single firm or manufacturer : make

stores selling well-known brands of canned foods

(2) : producer , manufacturer

a dozen brands of textile goods competing on the open market

b. : a characteristic or distinctive kind : variety

their brand of love was a tortured and fretful affection — Evelyn Eaton

5. : a tool used to produce a brand (as on cattle, manufactured wares, wine casks) : branding iron

6. : any rust fungus giving a burnt appearance typically to leaves

II. transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English branden, bronden from brand, brond, n.

1. : to mark with a brand

brand a criminal

brand wine casks with the vineyard's name

especially : to place the brand of ownership on (horses or cattle)

2. : to mark, signal, or expose as being disgraceful or dishonest : stigmatize

refusal of such a demand brands one as stingy — Margaret Mead

3. : to impress indelibly

history has once again branded this lesson on the minds of those who choose to see — T.O.Beachcroft

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.