Name. n.s. [nama, Saxon; naem, Dutch; anam, Erse.]
- The discriminative appellation of an individual.
What is thy name?
Thou'lt be afraid to hear it.
No: though thou call'st thyself a hotter name
Than any is in hell.
My name's Macbeth. Shakespeare's Macbeth.
He called their names after the names his father had called them. Gen. xxvi. 18.
I know thee by name. Ex. xxxiii. 17.
- The term by which any kind or species is distinguished.
What's in a name? That which we call a rose,
By any other name would smell as sweet. Shakes.
If every particular idea that we take in, should have a distinct name, names must be endless. Locke.
They lift with women each degen'rate name,
Who dares not hazard life for future fame. Dryden.
- Reputation; character.
The king's army was the last enemy the west had been acquainted with, and had left no good name behind. Clarendon, b. viii.
- Renown; fame; celebrity; eminence; praise; remembrance; memory; distinction; honour.
What men of name resort to him?
Sir Walter Herbert, a renowned soldier;
And Rice ap Thomas with a valiant crew,
And many others of great name and worth. Shakes.
Visit eminent persons of great name abroad; to tell how the life agreeth with the fame. Bacon's Essays, №. 19.
Here rest thy bones in rich Hesperia's plains,
Thy name, 'tis all a ghost can have, remains. Dryden.
A hundred knights
Approv'd in fight, and men of mighty name. Dryden.
These shall be towns of mighty fame,
Tho' now they lie obscure, and lands without a name. Dryden, Æn. vi.
Bartolus is of great name; whose authority is as much valued amongst the modern lawyers, as Papinian's was among the ancients. Baker's Reflect. on Learning.
- Power delegated; imputed character.
In the name of the people,
And in the power of us the tribunes, we
Banish him. Shakespeare's Coriolanus.
- Fictitious imputation.
When Ulysses with fallacious arts,
Had forg'd a treason in my patron's name,
My kinsman fell. Dryden, Æn.
- Appearance; not reality; assumed character.
I'll to him again, in the name of Brook;
He'll tell me all his purpose. Sha. Mer. W. of Windsor.
There is a friend which is only a friend in name. Ecclus. xxxvii.
- An opprobrious appellation.
Bids her confess; calls her ten thousand names;
In vain she kneels. Granvil's Poems.
Like the watermen of Thames
I row by, and call them names. Swift's Miscel.