Definition of name
What does the word name mean?
part of speech: verb transitive
Give n. to (after, from), call so-&-so; call (person, thing) by right n.; nominate, appoint (to office &c.); mention, specify, (not to be named on or in same day with, quite interior to); (of Speaker) mention (M.P.) as disobedient to Chair (name!, vb or n., appeal to do this, or to give n. of some person alluded to in speech); cite as instance; specify as something desired (n. the day, of woman fixing date; or wedding). Hence namable a. [old English]
part of speech: noun
Word by which individual person, animal, place, or thing, is spoken of or to (mention person by n.; Tom by n., by n. Tom, called; know by n., individually, also by hearsay only; of or by the n. of, called; put one\'s n. down for, apply as candidate &c.; keep one\'s n. on, take one\'s n. off, the books, remain, cease to be, member of college, club, &c.); word denoting any object of thought, esp. one applicable to many individuals (call person nn., describe him by uncomplimentary nn.; give it a n. colloq., mention the drink, present, &c. that you wish); person as known, famed, or spoken of (adore the n. of God; Nelson himself& many great nn. were there); all who go under one n., family, clan, people; reputation (has an ill, a good, n.; has a n. for honesty, the n. of being honest; win oneself a n.; bequeath a great n.; persons of n.; one\'s good n.); merely nominal existence, practically non-existent thing, (opp. fact, reality, deed; virtuous in n.; honour had become a n.); in person\'s n., in the n. of, invoking, relying upon, calling to witness, (in God\'s n.; in the n. of goodness, fortune, common sense), acting as deputy for or in the interest of (in one\'s own name, independently, without authority); n.-child, one named after another (my &c. n.-c.); n. -day, day of saint after whom person is named (esp. of continental sovereigns); n.-part, that after which play is named, title-role; namesake, person or thing with same n. as another (his &c. namesake) [old English]