ag·​no·​men | \ ag-ˈnō-mən How to pronounce agnomen (audio) \
plural agnomina\ ag-​ˈnä-​mə-​nə How to pronounce agnomina (audio) \ or agnomens

Definition of agnomen

: an additional cognomen given to a person by the ancient Romans (as in honor of some achievement)

First Known Use of agnomen

1654, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for agnomen

borrowed from Latin agnōmen, alteration of *adnōmen (by analogy with nōscere "to get to know" : agnōscere "to acknowledge, recognize"), from ad- ad- + nōmen name entry 1 — more at agnize

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“Agnomen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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