Definition of nomen in English:

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nomen

Pronunciation: /ˈnōmən/

noun

Roman History
The second personal name of a citizen of ancient Rome, indicating the gens to which he belonged, for example, Marcus Tullius Cicero. Compare with cognomen, praenomen, agnomen.
Example sentences
  • Maecenas is his nomen or family name.
  • I'm not complaining - I'm just wondering why some Roman names (many of the nomens, a few of the praenomens) have gotten so popular in Western Europe and America, while others have been completely forgotten.
  • A freed slave generally assumed his former master's praenomen and nomen.

Origin

Latin, literally 'name'.

Words that rhyme with nomen

cognomen, praenomen, snowmen

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: no·men

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