nome

noun
\ ˈnōm How to pronounce nome (audio) \

Definition of nome

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a province of ancient Egypt

Nome

geographical name
\ ˈnōm How to pronounce Nome (audio) \

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.

First Known Use of nome

Noun

circa 1727, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nome

Noun

Greek nomos pasture, district — more at nimble

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“Nome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nome. Accessed 2 Aug. 2021.

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