misnomer


mis·no·mer

noun \ˌmis-ˈnō-mər\

: a name that is wrong or not proper or appropriate

Full Definition of MISNOMER

1
:  the misnaming of a person in a legal instrument
2
a :  a use of a wrong or inappropriate name
b :  a wrong name or inappropriate designation
mis·no·mered \-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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