ag·​no·​men ag-ˈnō-mən How to pronounce agnomen (audio)
plural agnomina ag-ˈnä-mə-nə How to pronounce agnomen (audio) or agnomens
: an additional cognomen given to a person by the ancient Romans (as in honor of some achievement)

Word History


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

First Known Use

1654, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of agnomen was in 1654

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“Agnomen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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