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cognomen


cognomen

noun

Definition of COGNOMEN

1
a descriptive or familiar name given instead of or in addition to the one belonging to an individual <richly deserved the cognomen of Butterfingers>
Synonyms alias, byname, cognomen, epithet, handle, moniker (also monicker), sobriquet (also soubriquet), surname
2
a word or combination of words by which a person or thing is regularly known <Christopher Columbus is the Latinized cognomen of the navigator who was known to his Spanish crewmates as Cristóbal Colón>

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