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praenomen

or pre·no·men

[ pree-noh-muhn ]
/ priˈnoʊ mən /
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noun, plural prae·nom·i·na [pree-nom-uh-nuh, -noh-muh-], /priˈnɒm ə nə, -ˈnoʊ mə-/, prae·no·mens.

the first or personal name of a Roman citizen, as “Gaius” in “Gaius Julius Caesar.”

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Origin of praenomen

1655–65; <Latin praenōmen, equivalent to prae-prae- + nōmenname

OTHER WORDS FROM praenomen

prae·nom·i·nal [pree-nom-uh-nl], /priˈnɒm ə nl/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for praenomen

praenomen
/ (priːˈnəʊmɛn) /

noun plural -nomina (-ˈnɒmɪnə) or -nomens

an ancient Roman's first or given nameSee also agnomen, cognomen, nomen

Derived forms of praenomen

praenominal (priːˈnɒmɪnəl), adjectivepraenominally, adverb

Word Origin for praenomen

C18: from Latin, from prae- before + nōmen name
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