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designation (n.)

late 14c., designacioun, "notation, representation, action of pointing or marking out," from Old French designacion or directly from Latin designationem (nominative designatio) "a marking out, specification," noun of action from past participle stem of designare "mark out, devise, choose, designate, appoint," from de "out" (see de-) + signare "to mark," from signum "identifying mark, sign" (see sign (n.)).

Sense of "nomination, a selecting and appointing" is from c. 1600. Meaning "a descriptive name" which designates, originally especially an addition to a name of a title, profession, trade, or occupation, is from 1824.

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Definitions of designation

designation (n.)
identifying word or words by which someone or something is called and classified or distinguished from others;
designation (n.)
the act of putting a person into a non-elective position;
Synonyms: appointment / assignment / naming
designation (n.)
the act of designating or identifying something;
Synonyms: identification
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