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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

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

mis·no·mered play \-mərd\ adjective

Examples of misnomer

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



Origin 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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