label

Label \La"bel\ (l[=a]"b[e^]l), n. [OF. label sort of ribbon or fringe, label in heraldry, F. lambeau shred, strip, rag; of uncertain origin; cf. L. labellum, dim. of labrum lip, edge, margin, G. lappen flap, patch, rag, tatter (cf. {Lap} of a dress), W. llab, llabed, label, flap, Gael. leab, leob, slice, shred, hanging lip.] 1. A tassel. [Obs.] --Huloet. --Fuller. [1913 Webster] 2. A slip of silk, paper, parchment, etc., affixed to anything, and indicating, usually by an inscription, the contents, ownership, destination, etc.; as, the label of a bottle or a package. [1913 Webster] 3. A slip of ribbon, parchment, etc., attached to a document to hold the appended seal; also, the seal. [1913 Webster] 4. A writing annexed by way of addition, as a codicil added to a will. [1913 Webster] 5. (Her.) A barrulet, or, rarely, a bendlet, with pendants, or points, usually three, especially used as a mark of cadency to distinguish an eldest or only son while his father is still living. [1913 Webster] 6. A brass rule with sights, formerly used, in connection with a circumferentor, to take altitudes. --Knight. [1913 Webster] 7. (Gothic Arch.) The name now generally given to the projecting molding by the sides, and over the tops, of openings in medi[ae]val architecture. It always has a square form, as in the illustration. --Arch. Pub. Soc. [1913 Webster] 8. In medi[ae]val art, the representation of a band or scroll containing an inscription. --Fairholt. [1913 Webster]