What are named entities and how can they be characterized and categorized? Any specific person, local business, event, book, movie, etc. is a named entity, regardless of whether he/she/it is abstract or material. Examples of such items are Taylor Swift, New Zealand, and iPhone 11. In fact, anything that can be named and be a topic of a conversation, article, book, movie, or any other creative work.
Named entities are the subjects of named entity recognition and entity linking. Named entity recognition is the process of identifying named entities (or mentions of such named entities) in unannotated and otherwise unstructured texts without necessarily disambiguating the entities which is the task of entity linking.