cognomen
[ kog-noh-muhn ]
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Part of Speechnoun, nounOrigin + Etymology
19th Century; Latin; from Latin, equivalent to co-co- + nōmen name, with -g- on model of nōscī: cognōscī
Synonyms
noun
nicknameepithet
noun
surname
Antonyms
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noun
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Definition
nounany name or nickname
nouna surname
Examples
nounA) They called him The Sphinx, which was a fitting cognomen as he often spouted riddles. B) Everyone calls her Mimi, and she loves her cognomen.
nounA) The Greek warrior Achilles' cognomen was Pelides. B) In Ancient Greece, sons were typically given a cognomen that depicted their paternal heritage.
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