\ˈnōm \

Definition of nome 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a province of ancient Egypt


geographical name
\ˈnōm \

Definition of Nome (Entry 2 of 2)

city facing Norton Sound on the southern side of Seward Peninsula in western Alaska population 3598

Note: Nome was founded as a camp for gold miners circa 1898 and was a center of the great Alaskan gold rush in 1899–1903. The name is thought to be a mistaken interpretation of "? Name" written on an early navigational chart. Today, Nome is notable for the finish line of the annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

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Seja gay, lésbica, trans, drag queen, não é binário, esse é o nosso mês para refletirmos e nos amarmos como nunca, nossa luta é em nome do amor. Pabllo Vittar, Billboard, "Pabllo Vittar: Love Letter to the LGBTQ Community," 26 June 2018 Archaeologists started excavation work in the area started late last year on a quest to find the remainder of the cemetery of Upper Egypt’s 15th nome during ancient times. Washington Post, "Archaeologists find ancient necropolis in Egypt," 24 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of nome


circa 1727, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nome


Greek nomos pasture, district — more at nimble

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