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prenomen

[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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praenomen

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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Related Words for prenomina

term, brand, style, label, flag, signature, sign, nickname, surname, head, tag, rubric, moniker, cognomen, agnomen, pseudonym, appellation, handle, epithet, denomination

British Dictionary definitions for prenomina

prenomen

noun plural -nomina (-ˈnɒmɪnə) or -nomens
  1. US a less common spelling of praenomen
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praenomen

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 for praenomen

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

praenomen

n.

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

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