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misnomer

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noun mis·no·mer \ˌmis-ˈnō-mər\

Simple Definition of misnomer

  • : a name that is wrong or not proper or appropriate

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of misnomer

  1. 1 :  the misnaming of a person in a legal instrument

  2. 2 a :  a use of a wrong or inappropriate name b :  a wrong name or inappropriate designation

misnomered

play \-mərd\ adjective

Examples of misnomer in a sentence

  1. International Airport is something of a misnomer, since almost all the arriving and departing flights are local.



Did You Know?

What's in a name? Well, in some cases, a name will contain an error, a misunderstanding, or a mislabeling. Historians have long noted that the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy, Roman, nor an empire. The Battle of Bunker Hill was actually fought on Breed's Hill. And the Pennsylvania Dutch are actually of German ancestry. For such cases we have the term "misnomer," which comes from the Anglo-French verb mesnomer ("to misname") and ultimately from "nomen," the Latin word for "name."

Origin and Etymology of misnomer

Middle English misnoumer, from Anglo-French mesnomer, from mes- mis- + nomer to name, from Latin nominare — more at nominate


First Known Use: 15th century

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Law Dictionary

misnomer

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noun mis·no·mer \ˌmis-ˈnō-mər\

Legal Definition of misnomer

  1. :  the misnaming of a person in a legal document or proceeding (as in a complaint or indictment); specifically :  the institution of proceedings against and service of process on the correct party using the incorrect name — compare idem sonans



Additional Notes on misnomer

Amendment of the pleadings is generally allowed in cases of misnomer.

Origin and Etymology of misnomer

Anglo-French mesnomer, from mesnomer to misname, from Middle French mes- wrongly + nommer to name, from Latin nominare, from nomin- nomen name


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