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onomastics

Syllabification: on·o·mas·tics
Pronunciation: /ˌänəˈmastiks
 
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Definition of onomastics in English:

plural noun

[usually treated as singular]
The study of the history and origin of proper names, especially personal names.
Example sentences
  • For those who aren't interested at all, onomastics is the study of names and their origins.
  • During the last few decades, there has been, for instance, a notable increase, within the field of onomastics, in the study of brand names, and the like, a scholarly pursuit of considerable merit, but is it concerned with names?
  • The chapters that follow deal with vocabulary, syntax, onomastics, phonology, English grammar and usage and, finally, literary language.

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