*Lable or Label | Correct Spelling & Meaning
Label is a noun referring to a piece of material that identifies or describes an object it’s affixed to. It’s also used as a verb to refer to the act of attaching a label to something or, more negatively, to refer to the act of assigning someone to a specific category.
“Lable” is sometimes used instead of label, but this is incorrect. “Lable” is not a real word and should be avoided.
Label as a noun
Label is a noun that refers to a piece of material that’s affixed to an object to identify or describe it—or metaphorically to the name that is given to something or someone. It can also be used to refer to a company that records music, or to a fashion company.
Label as a verb
Label can be used as a verb to refer to the act of affixing a label to something or, more negatively, to the act of assigning someone to a category (often based on superficial reasons or stereotypes).
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Frequently asked questions
- What is a synonym for “label”?
- What does “lable” mean?
“Lable” is sometimes mistakenly used instead of label. Because the word is pronounced like some words that end in “-able” (e.g., “table”), people sometimes mistakenly write “lable.” But “lable” is not an acceptable spelling and should be avoided.
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