Definition:Proper Name

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A proper name (or just name) is a symbol or collection of symbols used to identify a particular object uniquely.

In contrast with natural language, a proper name has a wider range than being the particular identifying label attached to a particular single entity (be it a person, or a place, or whatever else).

For example:

Sloth is a proper name for the concept of being lazy.
Rain is a proper name for the meteorological phenomenon of water falling from the sky.

Also known as

Other terms for proper name that can be found are:

individual constant
constant, particularly when applied to a number

Also see

  • Results about proper names can be found here.