no·​men·​cla·​tor ˈnō-mən-ˌklā-tər How to pronounce nomenclator (audio)
: a book containing collections or lists of words
archaic : one who announces the names of guests or of persons generally
: one who gives names to or invents names for things

Examples of nomenclator in a Sentence

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Word History


borrowed from New Latin nōmenclātor "book containing lists of names or words," going back to Latin nōmenclātor, nōmenculātor "slave tasked with telling his master the names of clients and others encountered publicly," from nōmen "name" + calāre "to announce, proclaim, summon" + -tor, agent suffix — more at name entry 1, low entry 3

First Known Use

1585, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of nomenclator was in 1585


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“Nomenclator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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