: a province of ancient Egypt

Word History


borrowed from Greek nomós "pasture, field, administrative division of a country" — more at nomad

First Known Use

circa 1727, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nome was circa 1727

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Cite this Entry

“Nome.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

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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