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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR LABELS

The medicine-tray lay at Carlotta's elbow; beside it the box of labels.

In fact, there have been some labels that would never come off!

She labels it with meanings from start to finish; turns it into literature.

All the canned goods had been rolled off the shelves and the labels had disappeared.

This was done largely to enable the old 2c labels to be used up.

These labels are also perforated 12 and exist on two kinds of paper.

You see, these labels are all of common brands of tinned foods.

Abbie carried the labels into the parlor and looked for a safe place for them.

Well, no, not labels: been buying them abroad—get them dirt-cheap there.

“I shall change all the labels, in the first place,” the Baron answered.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, "narrow band or strip of cloth" (oldest use is as a technical term in heraldry), from Old French label, lambel "ribbon, fringe worn on clothes" (13c., Modern French lambeau "strip, rag, shred, tatter"), possibly from Frankish *labba or some other Germanic source (cf. Old High German lappa "flap"), from Proto-Germanic *lapp- (see lap (n.)).

Later "dangling strip of cloth or ribbon used as an ornament in dress," "strip attached to a document to hold a seal" (both early 15c.), and with a general meaning "tag, sticker, slip of paper" (1670s). Meaning "circular piece of paper in the center of a gramophone record" (1907), containing information about the recorded music, led to meaning "a recording company" (1947).

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.