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
  1. noun
    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)
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    determination, finding
    the act of determining the properties of something, usually by research or calculation
  2. noun
    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
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    name
    a language unit by which a person or thing is known
  3. noun
    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
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    conclusion, decision, determination
    the act of making up your mind about something
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