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a word or a combination of words by which a person, place, or thing, a body or class, or any object of thought is designated, called, or known.
mere designation, as distinguished from fact:
He was a king in name only.
an appellation, title, or epithet, applied descriptively, in honor, abuse, etc.
a reputation of a particular kind given by common opinion:
to protect one’s good name.
a distinguished, famous, or great reputation; fame:
to make a name for oneself.
a widely known or famous person; celebrity:
She’s a name in show business.
an unpleasant or derogatory appellation or expression:
Don’t call your brother names! Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me.
a personal or family name as exercising influence or bringing distinction:
With that name they can get a loan at any bank in town.
a body of persons grouped under one name, as a family or clan.
the verbal or other symbolic representation of a thing, event, property, relation, or concept.
(initial capital letter) a symbol or vehicle of divinity:
to take the Name in vain; the power of the Name.
to give a name to:
to name a baby.
to accuse:
He was named as the thief.
to call by an epithet:
They named her speedy.
to identify, specify, or mention by name:
Three persons were named in the report.
to designate for some duty or office; nominate or appoint:
I have named you for the position.
to specify; suggest:
Name a price.
to give the name of:
Can you name the capital of Ohio?
to speak of.
British. (in the House of Commons) to cite (a member) for contempt.
famous; widely known:
a name author.
designed for or carrying a name.
giving its name or title to a collection or anthology containing it:
the name piece.
by name,

personally; individually:
She was always careful to address every employee by name.
not personally; by repute:
I know him by name only.

call names, to scold or speak abusively of or to a person:
Better not to call names unless one is larger and considerably stronger than one’s adversary.
in the name of,

with appeal to:
In the name of mercy, stop that screaming!
by the authority of:
Open, in the name of the law!
on behalf of:
to purchase something in the name of another.
under the name or possession of:
money deposited in the name of a son.
under the designation or excuse of:
murder in the name of justice.

name names, to specify people by name, especially those who have been accomplices in a misdeed:
The witness in the bribery investigation threatened to name names.
to one’s name, in one’s possession:
I haven’t a penny to my name.
a dictionary of given names that indicates whether a name is usually male, female, or unisex and often includes origins as well as meanings; for example, as by indicating that Evangeline, meaning “good news,” comes from Greek. Used primarily as an aid in selecting a name for a baby, dictionaries of names may also include lists of famous people who have shared a name and information about its current popularity ranking.
Contemporary Examples

The Jewish Condom Magnate Benyamin Cohen December 28, 2009
Messy Legal Rules and Procedures Make Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Trial Doubtful Terry McDermott May 7, 2012
Montana’s Real-Life Walter White Michael Daly December 19, 2013
Robert Bales, the Army Staff Sgt. Accused of Killing 16 Afghans Matthew DeLuca March 17, 2012
Is Mexico’s Kim Kardashian-Lookalike Assassin for Real? Michael Daly June 9, 2014

Historical Examples

In a Steamer Chair and Other Stories Robert Barr
Philothea Lydia Maria Child
Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever
The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
Tales Of Hearsay Joseph Conrad

a word or term by which a person or thing is commonly and distinctively known related adjective nominal
mere outward appearance or form as opposed to fact (esp in the phrase in name): he was a ruler in name only
a word, title, or phrase descriptive of character, usually abusive or derogatory: to call a person names
reputation, esp, if unspecified, good reputation: he’s made quite a name for himself

a famous person or thing: a name in the advertising world
(mainly US & Canadian) (as modifier): a name product

a member of Lloyd’s who provides part of the capital of a syndicate and shares in its profits or losses but does not arrange its business
in the name of, under the name of, using as a name
in the name of

for the sake of
by the sanction or authority of

know by name, to have heard of without having met
name of the game

anything that is essential, significant, or important
expected or normal conditions, circumstances, etc: in gambling, losing money’s the name of the game

to one’s name, belonging to one: I haven’t a penny to my name
verb (transitive)
to give a name to; call by a name: she named the child Edward
to refer to by name; cite: he named three French poets
to determine, fix, or specify: they have named a date for the meeting
to appoint to or cite for a particular title, honour, or duty; nominate: he was named Journalist of the Year
to ban (an MP) from the House of Commons by mentioning him formally by name as being guilty of disorderly conduct
name and shame, to reveal the identity of a person or organization guilty of illegal or unacceptable behaviour in order to embarrass them into not repeating the offence
name names, to cite people, esp in order to blame or accuse them
name the day, to choose the day for one’s wedding
you name it, whatever you need, mention, etc

He who once a good name gets,
May piss a bed, and say he sweats.

[“Dictionary of Buckish Slang, University Wit and Pickpocket Eloquence,” London, 1811]

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