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mononym

[ mon uh nim ]
/ ˈmɒn ə nɪm /
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noun
the name of a person who has or is known by only one name, usually a given name without a surname: Bajans know her as Robyn Fenty, but she is known in the rest of the world by her mononym, Rihanna.
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Origin of mononym

First recorded in 1880–85 as a technical term in the biological and medical sciences; mono- + -onym

OTHER WORDS FROM mononym

mo·non·y·mous [muh-non uh muhs], /məˈnɒn ə məs/, mon·o·nym·ic [mon uh-nim ik], /ˌmɒn əˈnɪm ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for mononym

mononym
/ (ˈmɒnəʊˌnɪm) /

noun
a person who is famous enough to be known only by one name, usually the first name

Word Origin for mononym

C20: from mono- + (epo) nym
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