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noun [countable] label pronunciation in British English /ˈleɪb(ə)l/
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  1. 1
    a piece of paper or material fastened to an object that gives information about it
    Read the washing instructions on the label.
    You can get sticky labels printed with your address.
  2. 2
    a company that produces records
    They signed to one of the smaller independent labels.
    Their album was released on the Digital Experience label.
  3. 3
    a company that designs and makes expensive clothes
    After working with Armani, he launched his own label.
    1. a.
      a piece of clothing that has been made by a well-known designer
      Even little kids all want to wear designer labels.
  4. 4
    a word or phrase that is used to describe someone or something, especially one that is not completely fair or true
    He said he sometimes got tired of his ‘bad guy’ label.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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