1. a flat, usually rectangular piece of metal, wood, or plastic on which the name of a person, company, etc., is printed or engraved: She has a large office with her nameplate on the door.
  2. masthead(def 2).


  1. a small panel on or next to the door of a room or building, bearing the occupant’s name and profession

n.1882, from name (n.) + plate (n.).

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