Name Definition

Define what is Name?

1. name (noun)

a language unit by which a person or thing is known.

  • his name really is George Washington.
  • those are two names for the same thing.

language unit, linguistic unit noun
one of the natural units into which linguistic messages can be analyzed.


agnomen noun
an additional name or an epithet appended to a name (as in `Ferdinand the Great').

DBA, Doing Business As, fictitious name, assumed name noun
(law) a name under which a corporation conducts business that is not the legal name of the corporation as shown in its articles of incorporation.

eponym noun
the name derived from a person (real or imaginary).

eponym noun
the person for whom something is named.

computer file name, computer filename, file name, filename noun
(computer science) the name given to a computer file in order to distinguish it from other files; may contain an extension that indicates the type of file.

patronym, patronymic noun
a family name derived from name of your father or a paternal ancestor (especially with an affix (such as -son in English or O'- in Irish) added to the name of your father or a paternal ancestor).

matronymic, metronymic noun
a name derived from the name of your mother or a maternal ancestor.

street name noun
the name of a street.

street name noun
the name of a brokerage firm in which stock is held on behalf of a customer.

street name noun
slang for something (especially for an illegal drug).

family name, last name, surname, cognomen noun
the name used to identify the members of a family (as distinguished from each member's given name).

middle name noun
a name between your first name and your surname.

first name, forename, given name noun
the name that precedes the surname.

nickname noun
a descriptive name for a place or thing.

alias, assumed name, false name noun
a name that has been assumed temporarily.

anonym, nom de guerre, pseudonym noun
a fictitious name used when the person performs a particular social role.

misnomer noun
an incorrect or unsuitable name.

author's name, writer's name noun
the name that appears on the by-line to identify the author of a work.

appellation, appellative, designation, denomination noun
identifying word or words by which someone or something is called and classified or distinguished from others.

hypocorism, pet name noun
a name of endearment (especially one using a diminutive suffix).

title noun
the name of a work of art or literary composition etc..

place name, toponym noun
the name by which a geographical place is known.

signature noun
your name written in your own handwriting.

company name noun
the name by which a corporation is identified.

domain name noun
strings of letters and numbers (separated by periods) that are used to name organizations and computers and addresses on the internet.

brand, brand name, marque, trade name noun
a name given to a product or service.

2. Call, name (verb)

assign a specified (usually proper) proper name to.

  • They named their son David.
  • The new school was named after the famous Civil Rights leader.
Synonyms: Call

label verb
assign a label to; designate with a label.


baptise, baptize, christen verb
administer baptism to.

refer verb
use a name to designate.

style, title verb
designate by an identifying term.

dub, nickname verb
give a nickname to.

rename verb
assign a new name to.

title, entitle verb
give a title to.

term verb
name formally or designate with a term.

tag verb
provide with a name or nickname.

3. identify, name (verb)

give the name or identifying characteristics of; refer to by name or some other identifying characteristic property.

  • Many senators were named in connection with the scandal.
  • The almanac identifies the auspicious months.
Synonyms: identify

denote, refer verb
have as a meaning.


enumerate, itemize, itemise, recite verb
specify individually.

number, list verb

announce verb
give the names of.

4. name (noun)

a person's reputation.

  • he wanted to protect his good name.

reputation, repute noun
the state of being held in high esteem and honor.

5. name, nominate, make (verb)

charge with a function; charge to be.

  • She was named Head of the Committee.
  • She was made president of the club.
Synonyms: nominate, make

appoint, charge verb
assign a duty, responsibility or obligation to.


rename verb
name again or anew.

6. gens, name (noun)

family based on male descent.

  • he had no sons and there was no one to carry on his name.
Synonyms: gens

family line, kinfolk, kinsfolk, phratry, Sept, folk, family noun
people descended from a common ancestor.

7. public figure, name, figure (noun)

a well-known or notable person.

  • they studied all the great names in the history of France.
  • she is an important figure in modern music.

important person, influential person, personage noun
a person whose actions and opinions strongly influence the course of events.

8. appoint, constitute, name, nominate (verb)

create and charge with a task or function.

  • nominate a committee.

institute, establish, found, plant, constitute verb
set up or lay the groundwork for.


pack verb
set up a committee or legislative body with one's own supporters so as to influence the outcome.

co-opt verb
appoint summarily or commandeer.

9. name (noun)

by the sanction or authority of.

  • halt in the name of the law.

sanction noun
the act of final authorization.

10. name (verb)

mention and identify by name.

  • name your accomplices!.

specify, fix, limit, Set, determine, define verb
decide upon or fix definitely.

11. epithet, name (noun)

a defamatory or abusive word or phrase.

    Synonyms: epithet

    calumniation, calumny, defamation, hatchet job, traducement, obloquy noun
    a false accusation of an offense or a malicious misrepresentation of someone's words or actions.


    smear word noun
    an epithet that can be used to smear someone's reputation.

    12. cite, mention, refer, advert, name, bring up (verb)

    make reference to.

    • His name was mentioned in connection with the invention.

    have in mind, think of, mean verb
    intend to refer to.


    commend, remember verb
    mention as by way of greeting or to indicate friendship.

    speak of the devil verb
    mention someone's name who just then appears.

    remember verb
    mention favorably, as in prayer.

    quote, cite verb
    refer to for illustration or proof.

    touch on verb
    refer to or discuss briefly.

    invoke, appeal verb
    cite as an authority; resort to.

    namedrop verb
    refer to people that one assumes one's interlocutors admire in order to try to impress them.

    bring up, raise verb
    put forward for consideration or discussion.

    drag up, dredge up verb
    mention something unpleasant from the past.

    cross-refer verb
    refer from one entry to another, as in catalogues, books, and lists.

    13. Key, key out, describe, distinguish, identify, name, discover (verb)

    identify as in botany or biology, for example.

      14. list, name (verb)

      give or make a list of; name individually; give the names of.

      • List the states west of the Mississippi.
      Synonyms: list

      enumerate, itemize, itemise, recite verb
      specify individually.

      15. diagnose, name (verb)

      determine or distinguish the nature of a problem or an illness through a diagnostic analysis.

        Synonyms: diagnose

        analyse, analyze, examine, study, canvass, canvas verb
        consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning.


        explore verb
        examine minutely.

        Nearby Terms

        name and address (noun)
        written directions for finding some location; written on letters or packages that are to be delivered to that location

        name calling (noun)
        verbal abuse; a crude substitute for argument

        name day (noun)
        the feast day of a saint whose name one bears

        name dropper (noun)
        someone who pretends that famous people are his/her friends

        name part (noun)
        the role of the character after whom the play is named

        name tag (noun)
        a tag showing the name of the person who wears it

        name-dropping (noun)
        the practice of casually mentioning important people in order to impress your listener

        namedrop (verb)
        refer to people that one assumes one's interlocutors admire in order to try to impress them

        nameko (noun)
        one of the most important fungi cultivated in Japan

        nameless (adjective satellite)
        being or having an unknown or unnamed source

        namelessness (noun)
        the state of being anonymous

        namely (adverb)
        as follows

        nameplate (noun)
        a plate bearing a name

        namer (noun)
        a person who gives a name or names

        names (noun)
        verbal abuse; a crude substitute for argument