designation

When something has a designation, it has a title or a description that helps you identify it. The “organic” designation on the vegetables you buy lets you know that no pesticides were used in growing the plants.

Designation can refer to a title, official or otherwise. You may earn the designation “class clown” for your goofiness, or ask your friends to refer to you by the designation, "Madame Super Brain." Designation is also the act of assigning such a title or position, like the designation of your daughter as heir to your estate. Often, designation refers to giving a formal position. The district board may be responsible for the designation of the next principal at your school.

DEFINITIONS OF: designation

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n the act of designating or identifying something

Synonyms:
identification
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diagnosing, diagnosis
identifying the nature or cause of some phenomenon
blood typing
determining a person's blood type by serological methods
medical diagnosis
identification of a disease from its symptoms
uranalysis, urinalysis
(medicine) the chemical analysis of urine (for medical diagnosis)
Type of:
determination, finding
the act of determining the properties of something, usually by research or calculation

n identifying word or words by which someone or something is called and classified or distinguished from others

Synonyms:
appellation, appellative, denomination
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street name
an alternative name that a person chooses or is given (especially in inner city neighborhoods)
byname, cognomen, moniker, nickname, sobriquet, soubriquet
a familiar name for a person (often a shortened version of a person's given name)
form of address, title, title of respect
an identifying appellation signifying status or function: e.g. `Mr.' or `General'
title
an appellation signifying nobility
Aga, Agha
title for a civil or military leader (especially in Turkey)
Defender of the Faith
a title that Leo X bestowed on Henry VIII and later withdrew; parliament restored the title and it has been used by English sovereigns ever since
Don
a Spanish courtesy title or form of address for men that is prefixed to the forename
Dona
a Spanish courtesy title or form of address for a woman
Frau
a German courtesy title or form of address for an adult woman
Fraulein
a German courtesy title or form of address for an unmarried woman
Hakham
a Hebrew title of respect for a wise and highly educated man
Herr
a German courtesy title or form of address for a man
Miss
a form of address for an unmarried woman
Mister, Mr, Mr.
a form of address for a man
Mrs, Mrs.
a form of address for a married woman
Ms, Ms.
a form of address for a woman
Rabbi
a Hebrew title of respect for a Jewish scholar or teacher
Reverend
a title of respect for a clergyman
Senor
a Spanish title or form of address for a man; similar to the English `Mr' or `sir'
Senora
a Spanish title or form of address for a married woman; similar to the English `Mrs' or `madam'
Senorita
a Spanish title or form of address used to or of an unmarried girl or woman; similar to the English `Miss'
Signora
an Italian title or form of address for a married woman
Signorina
an Italian title or form of address for an unmarried woman
Very Reverend
a title of respect for various ecclesiastical officials (as cathedral deans and canons and others)
Lordship
a title used to address any British peer except a duke and extended to a bishop or a judge
Ladyship
a title used to address any peeress except a duchess
baronetcy
the title of a baron
viscountcy
the title of a viscount
Father, Padre
`Father' is a term of address for priests in some churches (especially the Roman Catholic Church or the Orthodox Catholic Church); `Padre' is frequently used in the military
Type of:
name
a language unit by which a person or thing is known

n the act of putting a person into a non-elective position

Synonyms:
appointment, assignment, naming
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nomination
the act of officially naming a candidate
co-optation, co-option
the act of appointing summarily (with or without the appointee's consent)
delegacy
the appointment of a delegate
ordinance, ordination
the act of ordaining; the act of conferring (or receiving) holy orders
recognition
designation by the chair granting a person the right to speak in a deliberative body
laying on of hands
laying hands on a person's head to invoke spiritual blessing in Christian ordination
Type of:
conclusion, decision, determination
the act of making up your mind about something
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