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.
More 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.
Latin, literally 'name'.
Definition of nomen in:
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