prae·​no·​men prē-ˈnō-mən How to pronounce praenomen (audio)
plural praenomens or praenomina prē-ˈnä-mə-nə How to pronounce praenomen (audio)
: the first of the usual three names of an ancient Roman compare cognomen, nomen

Word History


Latin, from prae- pre- + nomen name — more at name

First Known Use

1603, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of praenomen was in 1603

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“Praenomen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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