onomastics

[ on-uh-mas-tiks ]
/ ˌɒn əˈmæs tɪks /

noun (used with a singular verb)

the study of the origin, history, and use of proper names.

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Origin of onomastics

First recorded in 1930–35; see origin at onomastic, -ics

OTHER WORDS FROM onomastics

on·o·mas·ti·cian [on-uh-muh-stish-uhn], /ˌɒn ə məˈstɪʃ ən/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for onomastics

onomastics
/ (ˌɒnəˈmæstɪks) /

noun

(functioning as singular) the study of proper names, esp of their origins
(functioning as singular or plural) a systematization of the facts about how proper names are formed in a given language
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