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cognomen

[ kog-noh-muhn ]
/ k蓲g藞no蕣 m蓹n /
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noun, plural cog路no路mens, cog路nom路i路na [kog-nom-uh-nuh]. /k蓲g藞n蓲m 蓹 n蓹/.
a surname.
any name, especially a nickname.
the third and commonly the last name of a citizen of ancient Rome, indicating the person's house or family, as 鈥淐aesar鈥 in 鈥淕aius Julius Caesar.鈥Compare agnomen (def. 1).
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Origin of cognomen

1800鈥10; <Latin, equivalent to co-co- + n艒men name, with -g- on model of n艒sc墨: cogn艒sc墨;see cognition

OTHER WORDS FROM cognomen

cog路nom路i路nal [kog-nom-uh-nuhl, -noh-muh-], /k蓲g藞n蓲m 蓹 n蓹l, -藞no蕣 m蓹-/, adjectivecog路nom路i路nal路ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for cognomen

cognomen
/ (k蓲伞藞n蓹蕣m蓻n) /

noun plural -nomens or -nomina (-藞n蓲m瑟n蓹, -藞n蓹蕣-)
(originally) an ancient Roman's third name or nickname, which later became his family nameSee also agnomen, nomen, praenomen

Derived forms of cognomen

cognominal (k蓲伞藞n蓲m瑟nl, -藞n蓹蕣-), adjectivecognominally, adverb

Word Origin for cognomen

C19: from Latin: additional name, from co- together + n艒men name; influenced in form by cogn艒scere to learn
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