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cognomen

noun

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1 a descriptive or familiar name given instead of or in addition to the one belonging to an individual
  • richly deserved the cognomen of "Butterfingers"

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2 a word or combination of words by which a person or thing is regularly known
  • "Christopher Columbus" is the Latinized cognomen of the navigator who was known to his Spanish crewmates as Cristóbal Colón

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The first known use of cognomen was in 1691

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“Cognomen.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/cognomen. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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