Definition of Name

Pronunciation: nām
n.1.The title by which any person or thing is known or designated; a distinctive specific appellation, whether of an individual or a class.
Whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.
- Gen. ii. 19.
What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.
- Shak.
2.A descriptive or qualifying appellation given to a person or thing, on account of a character or acts.
His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
- Is. ix. 6.
3.Reputed character; reputation, good or bad; estimation; fame; especially, illustrious character or fame; honorable estimation; distinction.
What men of name resort to him?
- Shak.
Far above . . . every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come.
- Eph. i. 21.
I will get me a name and honor in the kingdom.
- 1 Macc. iii. 14.
He hath brought up an evil name upon a virgin.
- Deut. xxii. 19.
The king's army . . . had left no good name behind.
- Clarendon.
4.Those of a certain name; a race; a family.
The ministers of the republic, mortal enemies of his name, came every day to pay their feigned civilities.
- Motley.
5.A person, an individual.
They list with women each degenerate name.
- Dryden.
Christian name
a - The name a person receives at baptism, as distinguished from surname; baptismal name; in western countries, it is also called a first name.
b - A given name, whether received at baptism or not.
Given name
See under Given.
In name
in profession, or by title only; not in reality; as, a friend in name.
In the name of
a - In behalf of; by the authority of.
b - In the represented or assumed character of.
Name plate
a plate as of metal, glass, etc., having a name upon it, as a sign; a doorplate.
Pen name
a name assumed by an author; a pseudonym or nom de plume.
Proper name
(Gram.) a name applied to a particular person, place, or thing.
- Bayard Taylor.
To call names
to apply opprobrious epithets to; to call by reproachful appellations.
To take a name in vain
to use a name lightly or profanely; to use a name in making flippant or dishonest oaths.
- Ex. xx. 7.
v. t.1.To give a distinctive name or appellation to; to entitle; to denominate; to style; to call.
[imp. & p. p. Named (nāmd); p. pr. & vb. n. Naming.]
She named the child Ichabod.
- 1 Sam. iv. 21.
Thus was the building left
Ridiculous, and the work Confusion named.
- Milton.
2.To mention by name; to utter or publish the name of; to refer to by distinctive title; to mention.
None named thee but to praise.
- Halleck.
Old Yew, which graspest at the stones
That name the underlying dead.
- Tennyson.
3.To designate by name or specifically for any purpose; to nominate; to specify; to appoint; as, to name a day for the wedding; to name someone as ambassador.
Whom late you have named for consul.
- Shak.
4.(House of Commons) To designate (a member) by name, as the Speaker does by way of reprimand.

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