cognomen
[ kog-noh-muhn ]
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Part of Speech noun
Origin + Etymology
19th Century; Latin from Latin, equivalent to co-co- + nōmen name, with -g- on model of nōscī: cognōscī
Synonyms
    1.
  • surname
    2.
  • nickname
  • epithet
Antonyms
    1.
  • unavailable
    2.
  • unavailable
Definition
1. a surname
2. any name or nickname
Examples
1. A) The Greek warrior Achilles' cognomen was Pelides. B) In Ancient Greece, sons were typically given a cognomen that depicted their paternal heritage.
2. A) 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.
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