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noun,plural ag·nom·i·na [ag-nom-uh-nuh]. /ægˈnɒm ə nə/.
  1. an additional, fourth name given to a person by the ancient Romans in allusion to some achievement or other circumstance, as “Africanus” in “Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus.”: Compare cognomen (def. 3).

  2. a nickname.

Origin of agnomen

1745–55; <Late Latin, equivalent to ad-ad- + nōmen name, with alteration to ag- through influence of agnōscere;see agnize

Other words from agnomen

  • ag·nom·i·nal [ag-nom-uh-nl], /ægˈnɒm ə nl/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for agnomen


/ (æɡˈnəʊmɛn) /

nounplural -nomina (-ˈnɒmɪnə)
  1. the fourth name or second cognomen occasionally acquired by an ancient Roman: See also cognomen, nomen, praenomen

  2. another word for nickname

Origin of agnomen

C18: from Late Latin, from ad- in addition to + nōmen name

Derived forms of agnomen

  • agnominal (æɡˈnɒmɪnəl), adjective

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