From Middle English label ("narrow band, strip of cloth"), from Old French label, lambel (Modern French lambeau), from Frankish *lappā ("torn piece of cloth"), from Proto-Germanic *lappǭ, *lappô, from Proto-Indo-European *leb- ("blade"). Cognate with Old High German lappa ("rag, piece of cloth"), Old English læppa ("skirt, flap of a garment"). More at lap.
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