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. [Poetic]
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. “ I charge you in the duke's name to obey me.” --Shak. (b) In the represented or assumed character of. “I'll to him again in name of Brook.” --Shak.
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. --Bayard Taylor.
Proper name Gram., a name applied to a particular person, place, or thing.
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.
Syn: -- Appellation; title; designation; cognomen; denomination; epithet.
Usage: -- Name, Appellation, Title, Denomination. Name is generic, denoting that combination of sounds or letters by which a person or thing is known and distinguished. Appellation, although sometimes put for name simply, denotes, more properly, a descriptive term (called also agnomen or cognomen), used by way of marking some individual peculiarity or characteristic; as, Charles the Bold, Philip the Stammerer. A title is a term employed to point out one's rank, office, etc.; as, the Duke of Bedford, Paul the Apostle, etc. Denomination is to particular bodies what appellation is to individuals; thus, the church of Christ is divided into different denominations, as Congregationalists, Episcopalians, Presbyterians, etc.
1. A feather. [Obs.]
2. A wing. [Obs.]
3. An instrument used for writing with ink, formerly made of a reed, or of the quill of a goose or other bird, but now also of other materials, as of steel, gold, etc. Also, originally, a stylus or other instrument for scratching or graving.
Graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock. --Job xix. 24.
4. Fig.: A writer, or his style; as, he has a sharp pen. “Those learned pens.”
5. Zool. The internal shell of a squid.
6. Zool. A female swan; -- contrasted with cob, the male swan. [Prov. Eng.]
Bow pen. See Bow-pen.
Dotting pen, a pen for drawing dotted lines.
Drawing pen, or Ruling pen, a pen for ruling lines having a pair of blades between which the ink is contained.
Fountain pen, Geometric pen. See under Fountain, and Geometric.
Music pen, a pen having five points for drawing the five lines of the staff.
Pen and ink, or pen-and-ink, executed or done with a pen and ink; as, a pen and ink sketch.
Pen feather. A pin feather. [Obs.]
Pen name. See under Name.
Sea pen Zool., a pennatula. [Usually written sea-pen.]
n : an author's pseudonym [syn: nom de plume]