Definition of no-name in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈnōˌnām/
chiefly North American


1(Of a product) having no brand name: cheap, no-name cigarettes
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  • However, most of the time no-name products give you the best bargain - and they are not necessarily inferior.
  • What actually differentiates no-name clothes from brand-name items?
  • Personally, I think the ideal wardrobe should have a good balance of brand-name and no-name items.
1.1(Of a person) unknown, especially in a particular profession: no-name, no-frills chefs
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  • Considering the multi-billion-dollar industry pulp romance novels have become, a documentary on their popularity and the no-name writers who create them would seem warranted.
  • Mirroring the South Side's rough-and-tumble image, the team consists mostly of scrappy, low-priced, no-name players.
  • For several weeks afterward the no-name man got up around 3 a.m. each day to harvest grapefruits, oranges, soursop and so on, from trees that he had not planted.


A person unknown in a particular profession.
Example sentences
  • Perhaps because most of the cast is made up of relative no-names, we shouldn't expect the caliber of their talent to be very high, but more of the blame for the poor performances can be laid at the director's feet.
  • A big name means a lot in politics, but some lesser no-names could be lurking beneath the radar in the 2008 presidential race.
  • When the Padres traded Gary Sheffield, Bruce Hurst, Tony Fernandez, and Fred McGriff for prospects and no-names in 1992 and 1993, fans turned away in droves.
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