from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A trademark or distinctive name identifying a product or a manufacturer.
- n. A product line so identified: a popular brand of soap.
- n. A distinctive category; a particular kind: a brand of comedy that I do not care for.
- n. A mark indicating identity or ownership, burned on the hide of an animal with a hot iron.
- n. A mark burned into the flesh of criminals.
- n. A mark of disgrace or notoriety; a stigma. See Synonyms at stain.
- n. A branding iron.
- n. A piece of burning or charred wood.
- n. A sword: "So flashed and fell the brand Excalibur” ( Tennyson).
- transitive v. To mark with or as if with a hot iron. See Synonyms at mark1.
- transitive v. To mark to show ownership.
- transitive v. To provide with or publicize using a brand name.
- transitive v. To mark with disgrace or infamy; stigmatize.
- transitive v. To impress firmly; fix ineradicably: Imagery of the war has branded itself into the national consciousness.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A piece of wood red-hot, or still burning, from the fire.
- n. A sword.
- n. A mark of ownership made by burning, e.g. on cattle.
- n. A branding iron.
- n. A name, symbol, logo, or other item used to distinguish a product or service, or its provider.
- n. A specific product, service, or provider so distinguished.
- n. Any specific type or variety of something; a distinct style, manner.
- n. The reputation among some population of an organization, of the products sold under a particular brand name, or of a person.
- v. To burn the flesh with a hot iron, either as a marker (for criminals, slaves etc.) or to cauterise a wound.
- v. To mark (especially cattle) with a brand as proof of ownership.
- v. To make an indelible impression on the memory or senses.
- v. To stigmatize, label (someone).
- v. To associate a product or service with a trademark or other name and related images.
- adj. Associated with a particular product, service, or company.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A burning piece of wood; or a stick or piece of wood partly burnt, whether burning or after the fire is extinct.
- n. A sword, so called from its glittering or flashing brightness.
- n. A mark made by burning with a hot iron, as upon a cask, to designate the quality, manufacturer, etc., of the contents, or upon an animal, to designate ownership; -- also, a mark for a similar purpose made in any other way, as with a stencil. Hence, figurately: Quality; kind; grade.
- n. A mark put upon criminals with a hot iron. Hence: Any mark of infamy or vice; a stigma.
- n. An instrument to brand with; a branding iron.
- n. Any minute fungus which produces a burnt appearance in plants. The brands are of many species and several genera of the order Pucciniæi.
- transitive v. To burn a distinctive mark into or upon with a hot iron, to indicate quality, ownership, etc., or to mark as infamous (as a convict).
- transitive v. To put an actual distinctive mark upon in any other way, as with a stencil, to show quality of contents, name of manufacture, etc.
- transitive v. Fig.: To fix a mark of infamy, or a stigma, upon.
- transitive v. To mark or impress indelibly, as with a hot iron.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A burning piece of wood, or a stick or piece of wood partly burned.
- n. A sword.
- n. A mark made by burning with a hot iron, as upon a cask, to indicate the manufacturer or the quality of the contents, etc., or upon an animal as a means of identification; a trademark; hence, a mark made in other ways than by burning, as by cutting or painting.
- n. Quality or kind, as indicated by a brand: as, flour of a good brand.
- n. A mark formerly put upon criminals with a hot iron, generally to indicate the character of their crime and for identification; hence, any mark of infamy; a stigma.
- n. A disease of plants which usually appears as blackish pustules, resembling burned spots, the cause of the disease being some parasitic fungus.
- To burn or impress a mark upon with, or as if with, a hot iron.
- To mark in some other way, as with a pigment: as, to brand sheep.
- To mark with a hot iron as a punishment for crime.
- [Branding was formerly a punishment for various offenses, but is no longer practised in civilized countries.]
- To fix a mark or character of infamy upon; stigmatize as infamous; as, to brand an act with infamy.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. identification mark on skin, made by burning
- v. to accuse or condemn or openly or formally or brand as disgraceful
- v. mark or expose as infamous
- v. mark with a brand or trademark
- n. a symbol of disgrace or infamy
- n. a cutting or thrusting weapon that has a long metal blade and a hilt with a hand guard
- n. a name given to a product or service
- n. a recognizable kind
- v. burn with a branding iron to indicate ownership; of animals
- n. a piece of wood that has been burned or is burning
Middle English, torch, from Old English; see gwher- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English brand ("fire, flame"), from Proto-Germanic *brandaz. Cognate with Dutch brand, German Brand. (Wiktionary)