Definition of praenomen in English:

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Pronunciation: /priːˈnəʊmɛn/


An ancient Roman’s first or personal name, for example Marcus Tullius Cicero. Compare with nomen, cognomen, agnomen.
Example sentences
  • They seem to give the praenomen (personal name) Titus to the same man, and a Titus Petronius Niger is attested as consul on Herculaneum tablets.
  • Lots of Marks around, here and in Western Europe and that makes sense - Marcus was a common Roman praenomen (essentially the equivalent of a first name), and the Romans had very few such common names.
  • ‘Nothing…’ Nero lied, ignoring the use of his praenomen as a playful, boyishly immature slur.


Latin, from prae 'before' + nomen 'name'.

Words that rhyme with praenomen

cognomen, nomen, snowmen
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