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cognomen

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noun cog·no·men \käg-ˈnō-mən, ˈkäg-nə-\

Definition of cognomen

plural cognomens or cognomina play \käg-ˈnä-mə-nə, -ˈnō-\

  1. 1 :  surname; especially :  the third of usually three names borne by a male citizen of ancient Rome — compare nomen, praenomen

  2. 2 :  name; especially :  a distinguishing nickname or epithet

cognominal play \käg-ˈnä-mə-nəl\ adjective


Examples of cognomen in a sentence

  1. <richly deserved the cognomen of Butterfingers>

  2. <Christopher Columbus is the Latinized cognomen of the navigator who was known to his Spanish crewmates as Cristóbal Colón>



Origin of cognomen

Latin, irregular from co- + nomen name — more at name


First Known Use: 1691


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