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[pree-noh-muh n]
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noun, plural pre·nom·i·na [pree-nom-uh-nuh, -noh-muh-] /priˈnɒm ə nə, -ˈnoʊ mə-/, pre·no·mens.
  1. praenomen.
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or pre·no·men

[pree-noh-muh n]
noun, plural prae·nom·i·na [pree-nom-uh-nuh, -noh-muh-] /priˈnɒm ə nə, -ˈnoʊ mə-/, prae·no·mens.
  1. 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- + nōmen name
Related formsprae·nom·i·nal [pree-nom-uh-nl] /priˈnɒm ə nl/, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • Under the frieze of the naos an oval with the prenomen of Rameses II.

    A History of Art in Ancient Egypt, Vol. II (of 2)

    Georges Perrot

  • Most Latin authors have three names—the prenomen, which answers to our Christian name; the nomen, or family name; and the agnomen.

    How to Catalogue a Library

    Henry B. (Henry Benjamin) Wheatley

  • The various Terraces, each with a prenomen more graceful than the other, are the same.

British Dictionary definitions for prenomen


noun plural -nomina (-ˈnɒmɪnə) or -nomens
  1. US a less common spelling of praenomen
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noun plural -nomina (-ˈnɒmɪnə) or -nomens
  1. an ancient Roman's first or given nameSee also agnomen, cognomen, nomen
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Derived Formspraenominal (priːˈnɒmɪnəl), adjectivepraenominally, adverb

Word Origin

C18: from Latin, from prae- before + nōmen name
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Word Origin and History for prenomen



from Latin praenomen, literally "before the name," from prae- (see pre-) + nomen (see name (n.)).

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